When rescuers first found Rainbow hiding in the bushes and curled up in the foliage to keep warm, rain was lashing down on them. And due to the conditions that the little dog was in, the team knew they had to move her. But, as they did so, they discovered that she was hiding an incredible secret.
In early 2017, during the worst storms that southern California had seen all year, Hope For Paws got a call about a dog in urgent need of the organization’s help. Hope for Paws is a non-profit that regularly saves dogs from shelters and from the street. As a result, its staff knew exactly what to do in a situation like this.
According to their source, the dog had been homeless for some time. And while members of the public had attempted to rescue the animal and provide her with food and shelter, they had had no success. At each turn, she would always run away in fear.
So with no time to lose, a rescue team battled through the rain to get to the scene. Driving through heavy rain, they were on the road for a total of three and a half hours. Consequently, it was dark by the time they arrived.
This made it incredibly difficult to search for the dog. What’s more, she was hiding in thick brush, causing the rescuers even more trouble. “This is a crazy, crazy situation,” Hope for Paws founder Eldad Hagar said in a YouTube video documenting the incident.
Finally, one of the rescuers found the dog. But, before they could reach her, Hagar had to break through the dense foliage. Only then could he get into the animal’s den and provide her with some help.
“It’s okay, you’re a good girl,” Hagar said to the dog, working to win her trust. He also handed her some food, which she eagerly devoured. Fortunately, before long, he was able to reach out and touch the animal. And that’s when he saw what she was hiding.
The dog had given birth less than 48 hours before, and in her den she was shielding her precious litter from the raging storm. The new set of circumstances meant that it was more urgent than ever for the team of rescuers to win the mother’s trust. But while they needed to get her to safety, it was first more important to make her feel comfortable with the human helpers.
So Hagar placed a leash beside her and let her sniff it out. Then, when he felt the time was right, he carefully slipped it over her head. Now that he knew that he had gained her trust, he began lifting out the puppies from the den.
As Hagar did so, moreover, the concerned mom gave each baby a reassuring lick, as if to tell them that everything was going to be fine. Eventually, the team retrieved eight tiny puppies from the den. But once that task was over, it was time to coax the momma dog out of her hiding place.
And this the Hope for Paws staff rescuers finally did, even though the rain had soaked them to the bone in the process. Still, they couldn’t have been happier to have transported the dog and her pups to safety. Now they could get them to a veterinary clinic for the expert care they needed.
Meanwhile, in memory of the stormy weather that they had found her in, they decided to name the mom Rainbow. But that wasn’t all; they called her babies Thunder, Flash, Bolt, Misty, Breezy, Raindrop and Stormy. For the final puppy, meanwhile, they chose the name Droplet.
Luck wasn’t entirely on the team’s side, though; as they arrived at the clinic, they discovered that the facility had suffered a power cut. That meant the medical staff had to work just with the illumination provided by flashlights. However, even in the dark, Rainbow was delighted to be reunited with her babies.
Now that she was out of the cold, Rainbow also finally warmed up to her rescuers. The team at the clinic spoiled her with strokes and cuddles. And in return, she doled out licks and kisses of appreciation.
“It’s so crazy how, for three months, you kept running from people,” Hagar said as he watched the dog’s transformation. And seeing how relaxed she was now, it was hard to believe she had ever been frightened at all.
Now that the team were keeping Rainbow well looked after, moreover, she had the energy to care for her litter. With plenty of food in her belly, she was able to provide them with lots of milk. Indeed, it looked like they would be getting the best possible start in life.
And six weeks later, the puppies had transformed from tiny balls of fluff into happy and healthy little dogs. Indeed, every one of them has grown up to be big and strong, and they like nothing more than playing in the grass with their doting mom.
Once they are bigger, the puppies and their mom will go up for adoption. But, for now, they are all enjoying one another’s company in foster care. And their rescuers are happy with the progress that they are making.
Furthermore, in order to raise the dogs’ profile, Hagar took to YouTube to share a video of their epic rescue. And the amazing footage proved to be popular. So popular, in fact, that in a matter of weeks some three million people had tuned in to watch their story.
So given the video’s success, it hopefully won’t be long before all of the dogs find loving forever homes. For them, their stormy days are over – and they’re finally able to look on the bright side of life.