Every time the garbage man pulled up, one man noticed that his dog would go running. The pet owner thought, then, that the animal’s behavior was somewhat unusual. So, he decided to secretly film the dog’s encounters with the stranger to see exactly what was happening.
Shelby the dog had a very worrying start in life. You see, the golden retriever was born in a kill shelter alongside her four sisters. Luckily for her, though, a loving family came to her rescue before the shelter could euthanize her.
Yes, Shelby’s new owner, Joshua Byrne, knew that she was the dog for him as soon as he set eyes on her. “I grew up in the country and we had many working dogs,” he explained on YouTube in 2015. “Goldens always seem to shine out as the the family dog.”
And just as Byrne had expected, it didn’t take long for Shelby to slot into the family. Before long, in fact, the dog had become the sunshine in all of their worlds. “She has been such a blessing in our lives since we got her,” Byrne confessed.
So, in many ways, Byrne’s life with Shelby was fairly plain sailing. However, in 2014, the dog’s owner noticed something unusual about his pet’s interactions with their garbage man. As a result, he set up a hidden camera to film the pair of them.
The device subsequently captured footage of the garbage man pulling up to Byrne’s home in his truck. It also showed the man getting out of the vehicle and walking towards the lawn. Up until this point, though, Byrne’s camera hadn’t picked up anything out of the ordinary. But then, something amazing happened.
Realizing that the garbage man had arrived, Shelby dashed towards him. As she did so, the man leant down towards her to give her a treat. Then, once the dog got close enough, he grabbed her with both his hands and started stroking her enthusiastically.
Clearly enjoying all the attention, Shelby brushed up against his legs and wagged her furry tail. But after a few moments, the dog decided that she’d had enough petting. Showing where her loyalty truly laid, the pooch then returned to the side of her onlooking owner. She didn’t stay there for long, though.
You see, as Byrne and the man started to chat, the dog returned to her admirer with a bone in her mouth. She then circled around his legs trying to get his attention once more. By this point, though, the man was engrossed in conversation with Byrne.
However, luckily for Shelby, the adorable encounter was unlikely to have been the last that she had with the garbage man. According to her owner, the pooch absolutely adores her new friend; and the feeling is mutual. What’s more, Byrne finds their friendship absolutely heartwarming, too.
In fact, he loved their encounters so much that he decided to share the footage he’d captured on YouTube. In the caption, moreover, he claimed that the way the guy behaved towards his dog had restored his faith in humanity. “Every week the garbage man takes time (two quality minutes) to see my pup and say hi,” he wrote. “Who said that nice people are hard to find?”
And it soon turned out that Byrne wasn’t the only one to find joy in Shelby and the garbage man’s relationship. Since the video went live in 2014, in fact, more than seven million people have viewed it. Moreover, many of them left swooning messages about the adorable friendship in the comment section.
“The garbage man is happy, the dog is happy, the owner of the dog is happy and we who love this video are happy too,” wrote one user. Meanwhile, another added, “Love this positive energy! Smiles, laughter and happy music. Too bad not all people on earth can have this.”
Elsewhere, other users relayed stories of their pets and the strangers they’d come to love. “My dog loves the delivery people but especially our mailman,” one person said. “All it took was one package from Amazon that had her Kong squeaky balls in it (she could smell the balls through the packaging) and it was love.”
“Now she climbs up onto the steps of his mail van and puts her head in his lap,” the user continued. “If we’re walking out on the road when a USPS van drives by she’s looking for a certain driver. My dog was adopted also.”
It seems, then, that our pets have a lot of affection to go round. And Shelby was no different. In 2017, Byrne returned to YouTube to reveal that the dog had a new love in her life – his baby daughter. “My Golden is back with our new addition to the family, and they both love each other,” he announced on the video sharing site.
“Every morning my two little pups take a few moments to just love each other in their own little way,” he added in the description of the video, which opens with Shelby and the baby sitting on a bed. As the little girl mumbles, the dog sits protectively by her side.
Then, in another shot, the dog tentatively sniffs around the infant’s face. The sniffing soon escalates into a full-on licking session, which appears to delight and repulse the gurgling kiddie in equal measure. In her dad’s lovingly shot video, the little girl can be seen giggling before trying to halt her furry friend’s advances.
But she doesn’t resist Shelby’s love for long. Indeed, later on in the footage the baby gently caresses the dog’s face. And even when the youngster’s actions grow more rough, the patient pet simply sits there, enjoying her best friend’s company.
When you consider how much love Shelby has to give, it doesn’t bear thinking about what may have happened to her if no one had rescued her. Thanks to Byrne, though, the dog has brought endless joy to the people in her life – and with the help of YouTube, millions more around the globe, too.
But Byrne isn’t the only pet owner with a camera for spying on their animals. Take Ninna Mandin, for instance, who grew suspicious about her fiance’s treatment of her beloved French bulldogs when she wasn’t at home. And when Mandin reviewed the shocking footage that she had secretly recorded, she had no choice but to call off the wedding.
When one woman grew suspicious of her boyfriend’s treatment of her beloved dogs, she decided to secretly film him. But nothing could have prepared her for the sickening footage she’d capture. What she saw was so bad, in fact, that she called off their wedding altogether.
In 2015 26-year-old Ninna Mandin might have seemed to be living a good life in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. After all, she shared her home with her two beloved French bulldogs – Victoria and Gucci – and had plans to marry her boyfriend, Rafael Hermida.
However, at the tail end of 2014 Mandin noticed that something wasn’t right in her household. You see, her bulldogs appeared to be scared of her boyfriend. This was despite the fact that, in front of her, Hermida had always treated her pets with love and respect.
Mandin’s suspicions were also heightened when she found a series of injuries on the bodies of both Victoria and Gucci. And when Mandin took the dogs to their vet, the vet could find no obvious cause for the wounds.
But things came to a head in December 2014. That’s when both of Mandin’s dogs ended up in hospital, and the concerned owner realized that all was not well. Still, she just couldn’t get to the bottom of Victoria and Gucci’s injuries.
Then she remembered the fear in both of the dogs’ faces when they were around Hermida. Putting two and two together, the pet owner grew concerned that her boyfriend was mistreating her dogs in some way. So she decided to investigate.
At this point, of course, Mandin was unsure whether she was imagining things. So if she was going to get to the bottom of this, she would have to be pretty stealthy. She therefore set up a hidden camera in her apartment and left it running when she was away from home.
To get the best chance of finding something, then, Mandin let the cameras roll for an entire month. But while Mandin had her suspicions, nothing could have prepared her for the animal abuse she was about to witness. Indeed, the film confirmed her worst fears.
Mandin’s hidden camera confirmed Hermida was indeed assaulting Victoria and Gucci. For instance, in the harrowing footage, Hermida picks up one of the dogs by the scruff of the neck and slams it onto the ground.
In another clip, Hermida sits on the couch holding one dog in his hands. Then, without warning, he head-butts the defenseless animal before throwing it into the air and catching it by its hind legs. From there, he dangles the dog upside down before dropping it, from a height, onto the floor.
Unsurprisingly, the animal appears terrified. Later, Hermida mops up her urine – perhaps in an attempt to hide his cruel actions from Mandin. But little did he know that she was watching his every move.
The footage Mandin had captured naturally appalled her. So she decided to name and shame Hermida online. To do so, she posted two clips documenting his animal abuse on her Facebook page.
“The person I welcomed into my house, with all the love and affection, was able to commit the atrocities you are about to watch,” she wrote alongside the footage. “I do not have words to describe such cowardice with [dogs] so pure and helpless and that never did wrong.”
And while some may have disagreed with Mandin’s decision to publicly shame Hermida, she stood by her decision. “The only feeling I have is remorse of not having noticed before in order to spare them,” she wrote on Facebook.
Altogether, more than one million people have viewed the two videos that Mandin posted online. And many of those viewers were quick to condemn Hermida’s actions. “Thank GOD she found out what a monster he is,” wrote one. “I hope he gets what he deserves!”
However, that wasn’t the only form of punishment Hermida received. After uncovering her boyfriend’s true character, Mandin immediately broke up with him. She also ditched their planned wedding and reported him to the police.
Before law enforcement could catch up with him, though, Hermida ran away. But while he was gone, the public outcry surrounding Mandin’s videos only grew louder. And before long, a number of animal rights organizations were calling for his arrest.
In the meantime, Mandin got to work trying to piece her life back together. “My trust has been betrayed,” she explained to the Brazilian news network Globo Extra. “I do not know what to expect and am afraid. I am doing everything to protect myself, my [dogs] and my family.”
Later, Mandin took to Instagram to thank her followers for their support. “Thank you for being by my side and helping us! We are sending all our love,” she wrote. “The justice will be done!”
Despite everything they’d been through, though, it seemingly didn’t take long for Victoria and Gucci to overcome their traumas. Now that Hermida had left, Mandin said the dogs were more peaceful and sleeping better. And thanks to their owner’s intuition, they’ll never have to live in fear again.