When you show a dog love, they’ll devote themselves to you for life; quite rightly earning the reputation of ‘man’s best friend’.
For the staff at gas station in Tamaulipas, Mexico, the loyalty of dogs became beautifully apparent, after they adopted a frightened and apparently mistreated dog.
The dog had been wandering around near the gas station, looking thin and scared.
Gas station owner, Gerardo Aguilar, spoke with The Dodo about how the staff gained the dog’s trust, by offering the kindness he so desperately needed:
We fed him, bathed him and got him vaccinated. We adopted him. Now he lives here, and is cared for by all the workers.
When the time came to protect his beloved owners, Randy (his given name by his new owners), rose to the challenge, protecting them during a robbery.
Two armed robbers turned up to the gas station and ordered an attendant to open up the office where the station money was kept.
The thugs began physically assaulting the attendant during the terrifying robbery; throwing punches and pushing him to the floor. Little did they know there was a hairy hero waiting to protect his human buddies…
Posted by Gerardo Aguilar on Monday, 7 January 2019
Randy had been snoozing in the station’s warehouse, but his slumber was disturbed by the commotion. Without hesitation, he brushed out to defend his humans, driving the criminals away.
Recalling Randy’s heroism, Gerardo explained how proud he is of his courageous dog:
We were surprised to see how he reacted, and of course we are proud of him,
If it weren’t for Randy, who knows how things would have ended. He shows us how grateful and happy he is with us.
Stray Dog Adopted By Gas Station Rushes To The Rescue During Armed Robbery……… pic.twitter.com/P3uzveug9L
— just me, @ (@JustMe939393) January 13, 2019
Regular customer Nuria Arellano revealed how she chooses to use the gas station because she knows Randy will be there:
He makes it a better experience. I always call him, and he gets in the door of my truck and brings his face to mine.
It would be wonderful if the culture changed and there were more rescued puppies at other gas stations and other stores. Let’s hope this happens one day.
Will other gas station owners now be inspired to find room in their hearts for a brave boy like Randy?
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.