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VIDEO: This Scared Dog Just Needed a Hug!

This adorable Maltese shelter dog, Edie, was scheduled to be euthanized by the Lancaster shelter where she resided. What appears to be aggressive behavior from this 10 pound little girl is simply extreme fear – this scared dog just needed a hug! Watch how a little love and care from some truly compassionate dog-lovers instantly changes little Edie from a panicked  shelter dog to a sweet, playful pup.

Next time you’re considering adopting a new family member from your local shelter, remember this video. What may appear to be a fearful, aggressive dog could just be in need of a little love to be the perfect pet – just like this scared dog just needed a hug!




  1. anita bartell

    Dec 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    What started out a very sad video became a happy one for Edie. How do people treat dogs like that. That poor dog was scared out of her skin.

  2. ida apollonio

    Nov 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    this i watched ,did make me cry..why would anyone ever abuse a animal .the guy was so good with this dog .god bless him . my dog dakotah died last month ,i had to put her down . she had all her shots ..everything vet cked ..she had colitis ,it was controled ..took years ,always cked ..took care of her ,we did everything lost without her i dont know she had lyme ..blood test came out neg .. something hit her pancreas ,there were no signs of it .then 2 days drinking alot of water thinking diabetis her to the emergency room ,she had a seisure..turns out blood was coming from her lung ..i still cant believe this , i hada moment to do the right thing she was a collie ..sweetest dog ,everyone loved her ,i swear she hid this from me ,no signs at all..i could detect 1 2 days and gone grieving ,i hurt..i miss her ..when the time come agian i will consider a dog that never had love ..if his i can do for dakotah…ida

  3. Robin

    Nov 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I volunteer with Northwest Boxer Rescue, and I am amazed at how forgiving dogs are of humans. Even when a dog has been horribly abused, neglected and never experienced human contact…It appears in the video that Eddie warmed up to the vet/vet tech quickly. I know the foster boxers sure warm up to and bond to their foster parents quickly.

  4. Kathy

    Nov 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I cried like a baby. We had to put our mini schnauzer to sleep at the age of 11 yrs. It broke my heart and I miss him so. I really wish I could talk my husband into another dog.

  5. Sharon

    Oct 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    One of my Lhasas was like that. I thought it was a breeder and turned out to be a puppy mill (the state shut them down 2 years later). Rubin bit me, actually his tooth ripped my wrist open. Bad. My ex wanted him put down, I refused. Needless to say we are divorced now.

    I needed to love the hell out of him and learn his triggers. He bit me many times after that.

    Now, is is a happy, healthy 6 year old that is the most loveable friend I’ve ever had. It took patience, but we won.

    Thank you for sharing the video…I did cry.

  6. Gale Rowland

    Oct 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

    My husband and I took in a rescue German Pinscher because my husband was working late nights and there had been serious crimes around our neighborhood. Our little boy took over as protector and we thought he was so cute, but weeks after Hurricane Rita he proved he was truly our protector. My husband suffered a stroke two days after Rita and 8 weeks later we returned to our city but had to move into a FEMA mobile home in a large park. For exercise my husband was supposed to walk our dog, he left one morning and just two doors down a pit bull attacked, our Zack slipped out of his harness and kept the pit bull at bay til help arrived. My husband was very shaken and upset, Zack was bitten, ripped and bruised, took 37 stitches to put him back together. My husband died a couple years later and to this day Zack looks for him through the window, needless to say I will be Zack’s forever Mom till he has to leave me to be with his Dad.

  7. Chenoa Miller

    Sep 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    When I went to the shelter to find a new dog after my 11 year old died of cancer most of the dogs were at the door of their cages wagging their tails and barking. Then I saw one who was cowering at the back of her cage and thought “this one needs someone to love her.” The shelter staff told me that she was about 10 months old and had been picked up as a stray, no other history. When I first got her home she was very timid and hand shy, she didn’t like to be touched. That was in 2008 and as I type this she has her muzzle on my knee demanding attention. What a difference a little TLC and patience can make.

  8. Rosemary Hayne

    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I have 2 rescue dogs; one a cockapoo that was similar to Edie 5 years ago when I adopted her. Poor baby didn’t have any idea how to act like a dog. The glare of the sun was too bright for her at first as she had never experienced the beauty of the outdoors. She had been in a puppymill and her front legs had been shaven so they could tie her down when attempting to breed her. After giving up on her, she had been surrendered to be put down; evidently, she had no worth…..she was so scared and just kept shaking uncontrollably.

    After much love and reassurance, she has become a beautiful affectionate little girl. I can’t say enough about the joy of giving these rescued four legged babies the life they deserve…..

  9. susan black

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    what a terrific video….I am also the proud owner of a rescue dog…a beautiful cairn terrier we call Scooter….He was a 50th birthday present for me almost 6 years ago…in two weeks i will celebrate a birthday and the great joy he has brought to my life….he is the perfect fit for my husband and i and has always been like he has been with us forever…

  10. deborah solesky

    Aug 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Our dogs Baby, a border collie and Powder, a Westie are true family members. Though people told us that these two breeds are difficult to undertake, we have the perfect union. Powder, being a companion dog is happy to be with us all the time and, yes, she gets plenty of love and attention. Baby, the independent one, guards the farm and keeps all of us safe. She has a superiority complex for sure, and gets plenty of throws and exercise, so when she comes home at sunset she is ready to settle in, satisfied that she has done “a good job”. We couldn’t be happier with our two best friends.

  11. cheri roberts-brooks

    Jul 31, 2012 at 12:51 am

    God bless you all and mostly eddie. sooo glad she has found her forever home! i just dont know what id do without my furbaby. hope you have a happy life eddie!!! you deserve it for sure!!

  12. Cheryl Shepherd

    Jul 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I, too, have a rescue dog that I found in an ice storm, 4 yrs. ago. She is so precious and she too just needed a hug. Sandy is so spoiled and really knows what love is. She is only 24 pounds and loves to ride in the car with me. Thank you so much for sharing your story of Edie!!!! Great job!

  13. Jewell Tosta

    Jun 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    My hubby and I adopted a lab mix 4 years ago, the dog was 10 months old and had never had a collar or a leash on. After we had him home for a few days noticed everytime I would raise my hand he would run and cower, seems like he was hit or beaten, he didn’t know what being loved was. Everyone said we should get rid of him cause he was worthless, cause he is afraid of strangers, but he is not worthless to us. Now he knows what being loved is and he gives us love in return. I don’t understand how anyone can abandon or abuse these creatures from God.

  14. Barbbcute

    Jun 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I started watching with tears and ended with cheers.

  15. Siara Delyn

    Jun 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Awwww…. it’s so easy for the poor and oppressed (of any species) to come off poorly. You gave her a chance and she responded. What a sweet video. Thank you for sharing it.

  16. Betty Ann

    Jun 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm


  17. Diane

    May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

    my malitse 10yrs and Biscon are my ‘girls’ Hannah died in Jan. at 11yrs her sissy and I still miss her sole searching eyes, and unconditional love. she understood when my husband died and because my crying towel!
    . We get comfort from knowing we love them like our children and did all possible to save Hannah. Abbi is getting over loosing her sissy with lots of love and attention. And with help from her ‘cousin’ Fristet – another rescue.

  18. Wanda Littrell

    May 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Love that dog. I got real weepy watching the video. There are so many dogs in the shelters that only need a little attention, and a hug to make them wonderful pets. I have 3 rescue dogs. One is a 10 lb maltese/pomeranian mix that was about to be euthanized. He was picked up as a stray because his owners put him out and moved away. My dogs are the love of my life… to my daughter and grandchildren.

  19. ash

    May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you!

  20. Joan Morgan

    May 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm


  21. Teresa

    Apr 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    What a great video. I DID cry, but I’m glad it has a happy ending! I hope Edie has a forever home by now.

  22. Brenna

    Apr 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Edie was originally rescued by Eldad Hagar with Hope for Paws. She is at her forever home. UPDATE:
    Donate to, any amount helps, to help continue rescuing animals in need. I did and it was the best feeling 🙂

  23. Sara

    Apr 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Having adopted a one-eyed shelter dog I can share one more reason for such behavior….matted hair….it HURTS! And when we hurt we are not at our best. After they took Lacy in for a grooming she was so much more gentle because she was much more comfortable and out of pain. She had one mat on top of her head that looked like a large hat. I nearly cried when I saw what it really was and all the garbage shaved off of her. Bless everyone who adopts, fosters or donates what they can to shelter animals and shuns puppy mills except to help shut them down. Kisses to you Edie ♥

  24. Michael

    Mar 25, 2012 at 5:01 am

    This sweet little pooch reminds me of a dog my wife and I took in, Gus. He was almost as scared as poor Edie. You are doing wonderful work – please keep it up.

  25. michelle mroberts

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

    happy endings always make me cry….love the furkids

  26. betty

    Mar 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Love the video. Really loved the music! What was it???

  27. Jackie Pierce

    Mar 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    OMG…I cried and cried for Edie, but also for all the other dogs that are overlooked in the shelter and euthanized. Can’t wait to see them at the Rainbow Bridge and give all of them lots of love including all my dogs I’ve had all my life…Thank goodness for people like Brownyne who are compassionate and understanding…Thank you so much!!!

  28. jules

    Mar 8, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Such a wonderful piece!!!! ;}

  29. anita

    Mar 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

    having volunteered in a shelter in british columbia i sat in the kennels with the dogs that were up for adoption and watched their hearts sink when they were passed by. i am proud of the fact that i was responsible for getting 5 dogs adopted while i was there. i rescued a golden when i came back to the u.s. having 4 goldens previously i wanted another after losing my husband and last golden in 10 months of each other. if they could only speak to us and tell us what happened to them and that some workers have the patience that this one had to help this poor baby. too bad there aren’t more cesar milans around

  30. Pam Lavender

    Mar 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I’m so glad this wonderful little dog was rescued. There’s no telling what she had been through to make her so scared, but just a little love and compassion, returned her to the GREAT dog that she was , before the sad events in her life. Thank you so much for sharing this video with us.

  31. christie

    Feb 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    This was tear jerking, tears of happiness though….

  32. teresa

    Feb 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

    this is awesome i cried looking at it i have a maltease that was 11years old feb 26 an he is my baby wish i could take all animals in need or abused i am a big animal lover will do what ever it takes to help any animal may god bless all animals teresa driver

  33. Kathy spaeth

    Feb 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    That was awesome and beautiful. I adopted a dog once that was terrified of people. He would pee if someone came near him. He eventually got better but was still leary of men. Yes all they need is some love. All my dogs are from shelters. I think sheltered dogs are the best.

  34. Miriam C Chappell

    Feb 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I don’t understand people who will abandon their animals. I would like to thank all who saves an animal. I have 10 dogs, yorkies and Jack Russell. I love them all. Each has their own very special personality.

  35. Alisa Howard

    Feb 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Did you find out if Edie has two brothers?

  36. Linda James

    Feb 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    What a wonderful dog Edie is. As any responsible dogs human family knows doggie hugs are just as good for their human companions (I hate the word “owner”)as they are for the dogs. So glad Edie was saved. What a terrible loss that would have been.

  37. Judy

    Feb 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I love a happy ending!

  38. Brandy Arnold

    Feb 2, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Chasta, I don’t have much information beyond what’s in this article now, but I’ll do a little digging and see what I can find. How cool would it be to reunite Edie with her brothers!
    I’ll let you know if I find anything.

    • Sandy

      Jun 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Well? Any connection? I used so many Kleenex for this video. THANK YOU for sharing. How could anyone not love the pure innocence of dogs. I looove Edie. If she ever needs a home again, she has mine here in New Orleans. I’d be honored for her to adopt me.

  39. Chasta Michaelis

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Is this from Lancaster, CA? How old is Edie? I think we have two of her brothers from the same litter. The looks and actions (after the hug) are unbelievably similar and we rescued them from a woman in Lancaster, CA. If you have any information could you please e-mail me? If Edie is still in need of a family we’d like to be in the running.
    Thanks so much-

  40. Jen

    Jan 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Beautiful video! Brought a tear to my eye. I’m so happy Edie found a good home with a great dog owner! Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Donna Howard

      Aug 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      this video brought tears to my eyes too. We recently had to put one of my beloved dogs to sleep forever. She had cancer. She was becoming more and more painful just to walk so at the age of 10 1/2 she went to doggy heaven We have a shelter dog that we got at the age of 7 she is now 10 years old and she loves to be hugged which we do alot. I feel so bad for so many dogs waiting to be adopted and in need of loving homes. I plan on adopting another dog from our shelter once we find a house. We live in an apartment now. The shelter dogs are so mournful at the shelter and they need love so bad!

    • crystal

      Sep 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      i think the shelters should be more one on one with the dogs there is no reason they shouldnt love those animals as if each was there own…

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