A group of friends thought it was just a typical day as they took their dogs for a walk in a local park in Oklahoma. However, they got to the park and realized there was something in the grass, just lying there. As they got closer they realized it was a tiny puppy and it needed help. The pup was very skinny and missing patches of its fur and it just looked sad. Once he saw the humans and the dogs he perked up and began following them. That’s when they realized they need to help him. They brought the puppy home and took him to the vet so he could be checked for a microchip. He didn’t have one, so they posted photos of him to social media to try and find his home. They came up empty after several weeks, so they set about the task of trying to find a family to adopt him.
A couple named Jacob and Katy Bywater, friends of the people who found the puppy, were interested in adopting a dog. They knew this was meant to be their dog, so they gave him a home. They gave him a name too: Strider. He was very shy and timid at first and it was like he didn’t even know how to play. He went to the vet where it was determined he was around 10 weeks old. The vet thought he was a red heeler and beagle mix and would stay around a medium size. The couple was happy to hear that, as they were wanting a smaller dog. But as time went on Strider kept getting bigger and bigger. Once he hit 6 months old, Strider was 40 pounds and they weren’t so sure he was a beagle mix. So, they bought a doggy DNA kit and it said he was a red heeler and Great Pyrenees mix.
The couple didn’t care though—they love Strider no matter what size he is. While he is getting bigger every day, he is also coming out of his shell. He’s no longer the shy, scared pup of his past. He is getting more confident and playful who loves to run around and play!