A video of a vet comforting a terrified rescue dog by eating in his cage has gone viral.
Graycie, a Pit Bull, came to the Granite Hills Animal Care in Elberton, Georgia, after being found abandoned miles from home.
Talking to ABC News, the shelter’s veterinarian, Dr. Andy Mathis said the Pit Bull was found on January 29 on a dirt road.
“She was dumped in the middle of nowhere,” he said. “She had a collar, so she was owned by somebody at some point. Whoever was feeding her wasn’t feeding her enough. She was 20 pounds when we found her and probably should have weighed 30 to 35 pounds.”
Graycie was in a pretty bad shape. She had hypothermia and she’d suffered a vaginal prolapse, but Dr. Andy Mathis didn’t want to put her to sleep.
For the first week, the poor dog ate, slept, and slowly improved. While her body improved, her emotional state remained scarred. She was so sad and scared.
Graycie wasn’t comfortable around people so Dr. Andy did something to gain her trust.
Posted by Granite Hills Animal Care on Saturday, 13 February 2016
In a video posted on the Granite Hills Animal Care Facebook page, Dr. Andy can be seen sitting in the cage withGraycie backed into a corner. The terrified dog watches, seemingly cautious and confused, as the vet clears a little space and sets a bowl of food down in front of her.
When the vet tucks into his food, the Pittiestill looks unsure about eating, so the vet puts down his own breakfast and offers her a handful.
Soon both Graycie and Dr. Andy are eating, while a cat and another dog wander around the room, sniffing and checkingout the new arrival.
By the end of the video, a calm Graycie allows Dr. Andy to pet her, and even licks his fingers.
Some say veterinarians are the best doctors in the world. Judging by Dr. Andy’s compassion and dedication to save lives, we simply have to agree.
Happy Tails, Graycie! We are looking forward to this beautiful girl’s improvement!
Thank you, Dr. Andy!