He was chained up for four years. And after the horrible abuse he suffered, you’d think that Diesel would lose all faith and trust in humans. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Diesel is a dog from the Yukon. He spent four years chained up outside, even in the summers or when the temperatures dropped to 40 below in the winters. And he was terribly abused.

Diesel was chained up in the snow

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Luckily, workers from Animal Advocates were called and came to save Diesel. Animal Advocates is a nonprofit that fights against animal cruelty and try to destigmatize abused animals by showing that these animals can be loving, happy, and safe. And Diesel is living proof.

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Not only was Diesel chained up outside in the snow holding one paw and then the other off the freezing ground, but he had also had serious injuries. He had been kicked in the face by a horse before Animal Advocates found him.

His jaw and teeth were broken and his tongue was split. He also had a terrible, bloody shoulder wound from a fight with another dog. He never got water, had matted fur, and had mucus leaking from his eyes and nose.

dog in freezing cold

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According to Animal Advocates, Diesel’s owner didn’t want to take care of him anymore. He didn’t realize how big the Saint Bernard/Newfoundland mix would be. He planned to shoot him, but Animal Advocates stepped in instead.

He was taken to a vet, where he was neutered, had a benign tumor removed, and had X-Rays taken.


Finally, Diesel could heal. And the transformation was incredible. Naturally, after all he’d been through, Diesel was very shy around people and other dogs at first. But Diesel spent time with a foster family where he could be around people and other dogs again and really flourish.

dog with new family

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And his foster family was shocked to see a very friendly dog despite all the horrible things humans had done to him. Diesel was completely trusting and happy, just rolling around with his tongue hanging out and tail wagging. His foster mom even called him a “perfectly behaved big teddy bear.” He just wanted his tummy rubbed.

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And he even went to a rehabilitation center and got some classes in manners. Diesel learned recall, how to meet men, and how to behave with other dogs.

diesel the dog

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And this once fearful dog even made friends with another dog named Romeo. While he’d get tired quickly because he wasn’t used to so much activity after so long, Diesel was suddenly a happy, playful pup. Instead of sitting chained up in the snow, he was now rolling around and playing in it!

Unfortunately, according to Animal Advocates, Diesel died of cancer related to his old age. But thanks to his rescue, Diesel died peacefully with plenty of memories of love and fun, without a second thought to his years on the chain.

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