After six months of living in a truck yard, these two dogs were approached by a group of strangers. Having formed a close bond while they were living together, the pair of animals had become inseparable. But now they were surrounded. As the people around them started to edge in closer, then, the dogs became more and more scared and confused. And, realizing that they were trapped, they looked for the only place where they felt safe: with each other.
After the two dogs were left out on the street, it seems that they ended up finding each other, and together they set up a home in a Los Angeles, California, truck yard. It was them against the world for survival.
Located next door to the truck yard, though, was a factory. And after a woman who was working there spotted the dogs, she began to bring the strays food to keep them going. This went on for more than six months before a piece of news drastically changed the situation.
The woman who had been giving the dogs food had to move. So, concerned about how they would survive without regular meals, she called for help. In fact, she contacted Hope for Paws, a local animal rescue group, to ask if there was anything it could do.
Founding member of the Hope for Paws team, Eldad Hagar, headed to the yard to see what could be done, and Hagar knew the best option for the dogs’ survival was to rescue them. With him were volunteers from as far afield as Costa Rica, the United Kingdom and Australia.
But the rescue team had a problem. The two dogs had become accustomed to only having each other for company and were pretty wary of strangers. When their would-be rescuers approached, for example, the dogs ran away and hid. Hagar thus realized that they had to devise a plan to capture the dogs.
So the team put in place a plastic barrier in front of the yard in order to prevent the dogs from escaping. Then the team was taken into the enclosure by the owner of the truck yard. Aware that the dogs were now surrounded with no way out, their rescuers knew they could bide their time to gradually win their trust.
Speaking to The Dodo in April 2016, Hagar explained, “Once we secured the area, [we needed] to try and corner the dogs. The rescue was quite challenging because we always had to watch for our heads as we were under the trucks most of the time.”
First of all, the rescue team focused their attention on the male. As frightened as he seemed by their presence, he was actually a docile dog and showed no signs of aggression. Though he was scared, he casually evaded his captors until eventually they had him cornered.
The dog’s rescuers placed a leash around his neck, and although he was clearly petrified, he allowed his captors to approach. He even let one of the team stroke him. And as they let him settle, he seemed to get more comfortable with the situation.
Leaving the male dog on a leash clipped to a fence, the team then went to find the female. She, however, was less cooperative when it came to being caught. In fact, she hid underneath trucks and scrambled over boxes in order to evade the humans. But then she spotted a familiar face.
Seeing her male companion tied to the fence, she ran over to him. Although she appeared nervous, it seemed as though she was checking up on him to see he was okay. Seeing an opportunity, the rescue team then moved in to surround her. But she was having none of it.
The pursuit continued for around ten minutes. Eventually, she seemed to realize that there was no way out, and apparently accepting her fate, she allowed the team to capture her. Though she was visibly scared, she appeared to calm right down as she was put on a leash and reunited with her friend.
Hagar told The Dodo, “Both dogs showed zero signs of aggression. They were just so scared, but also relieved. We brought [them closer to each other] so they [could] have a positive experience with all of us. We just sat there for 30 minutes [and] discussed the names they will be given.”
The names the team settled on – in true superhero-partnership style – were Lois and Clark. The team sat for a while, allowing the dogs to calm their nerves and grow used to the situation and the people around them. Then when Hagar felt the time was right, Lois and Clark were transferred to the animal hospital.
The two dogs traveled to the animal home in separate vehicles. And although neither showed any sign of aggression while they were being rescued, it was an understandably nerve-wracking time for everyone. In unfamiliar surroundings and each without their trusted companion, neither dog knew what to expect.
When they were reunited at the animal hospital, however, something heart-warming happened. As Clark was carried into the home with Lois laying on the floor, Lois began wagging her tail as she realized her companion had been rescued too. It was clear to see that the two dogs had formed a very close bond.
Once the dogs were cleaned up and checked over, they began to settle into their new surroundings. “After they received baths and medical care, they really started coming out of their shells,” Hagar told The Dodo. “Now we really need help in finding them a loving forever-home together.”
Clark is thought to be a two-year-old Staffie-pitbull mix. Shy but affectionate, he has been described as inquisitive and smart. Lois, meanwhile, is more of an enigma. Believed to also be two years old, she is of an unknown breed, though she is thought to be some sort of border collie and Australian shepherd mix.
Although the two dogs were inseparable when they were first rescued, things have changed since they have become more settled in their temporary home. As staff showered them with love and affection, both dogs have become much more independent. The pair are currently being cared for by LA Animal Rescue and are still looking for their forever home.