An old dog named Baby Girl was sitting stoically last weekend on the grass of a Green Bay, Wisconsin residential street. Kylie Rose Engelhardt assumed she was just waiting for her owner to return when she found the dog tied to hydrant.
Fortunately, Baby Girl was not left out in the elements for long. When Engelhardt spotted her, he pulled over to check on her. Engelhardt wrote on Facebook: “[I] sat outside with her for an hour keeping her warm waiting for someone to come back, but no one did.”
A backpack containing Baby Girl’s favorite snacks treats, and toys sat next to her, along with a poignant note. Engelhardt brought Baby Girl to the Wisconsin Humane Society after learning that she had been abandoned.
Engelhardt wrote, “I tried my best for everyone.” “Trust me, I feel your pain.”
Baby Girl’s picture of herself alone with her possessions has been widely shared over the past week. The shelter reports that the 5-year-old dog is in excellent health.
A spokesperson for the shelter, Angela Speed, told The Dodo that “she is doing well and receiving lots of TLC from our staff”. “In exchange for tasty treats, she does a cute sit for her walks and toys. She’s a joyful and affectionate canine.”
Baby Girl’s previous owner was directly addressed in a Facebook post from the Wisconsin Humane Society yesterday. Leaving Baby Girl when you feel you can no longer care for her is a difficult decision, the shelter explained.
We understand how difficult it can be to part with a beloved pet, and how traumatic it can be for the owner, Speed said. It was very important for us to let the owner know that we were not judging them and that we saw the love in everything they did in order to get Baby Girl ready to be found and cared for as quickly as possible.”
The sweet letter read: “First and foremost, we are so sorry you had to part with your best friend,” the Wisconsin Humane Society wrote on Facebook. “It’s evident just how much you loved her and we can see you did your best while struggling with your own medical complications and challenges of life. We see your love in the bag you carefully packed with all of her favorite things. We see your love in the way you secured her leash so she wouldn’t get hit by a car. We see your love in the way you placed her in the middle of a neighborhood where she’d be quickly found. We see your love in how happy and healthy Baby Girl looks. And we see your love in the note you left, pleading for someone to help her when you no longer could.”
Due to the completion of her “stray hold,” Baby Girl is now ready for adoption. While she waits for her second chance at a loving home, the adorable pup is getting plenty of cuddles from shelter staff.
“Rest assured that she’s safe, she’s getting tons of attention from our team, and she’s on track to finding her next loving family very soon,” Wisconsin Humane Society wrote. “You can rest a little easier knowing your Baby Girl has a bright future ahead.”