WATCH: Video shows heartwarming moment rescue dog sees grass for the first time

2019-03-03 01:09
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A young couple have shared heartwarming footage of their rescue dog seeing grass for the first time – and the results are adorable.

Chloe Henley (23) and Alex Jewkes (27) fell in love with mongrel street puppy Peso after they saw him tied to a lamppost near a building yard, crying out for help, while they were staying in El Nido in the Phillipines in January.

The couple from Norfolk, UK, took the puppy in and spent months nursing him back to health – and now are determined to raise money to take him to the UK and make him part of their lives.

Uplifting footage shows the moment pup – whom the couple believe had been abused – was able to run and play on grass for the first time in his short life. He could hardly contain his excitement.

"When we first saw Peso he tried to run away from us," bodyguard Alex said.

"He was so scared, but I picked him up and gave him a big cuddle and he suddenly calmed down.

"The first time he saw grass was just so magical. He's had such hard beginnings, so it was wonderful to see him running around and looking so happy."

The couple, on a career break gap year, begged Peso's owner to be allowed to take him when they found him.

Chloe and Alex, were eventually able to negotiate getting Peso for free and took him to a nearby market for a bite to eat.

They also took the pup to a vet who found that Peso was half the weight he should've been. He was severely malnourished and dehydrated.

Blood tests revealed that his red blood cell count was also severely low.

"He was a skinny, tiny dog and had no water or food.

"We told the owner he needed to give him water and he just laughed at us. They clearly didn't care about him."

The couple plan to take Peso to the UK and are raising money on GoFundMe to cover the travel costs.

Their visas expired at the end of February and they had to return to the UK. Peso's blood test results will have to be approved by a British lab.

To travel abroad, Peso must get a rabies vaccine and wait 30 days while the blood test results are checked and approved by a British lab.

Then Chloe and Alex must travel back to the Philippines on new visas to pick up their beloved pooch, if the tests reveal no sign of disease.

"The first night we had him, it was amazing," paramedic Chloe said.

"We decided to call him Peso because we bought some pork for him which was exactly 21 Peso. We felt it was meant to be.

"He kept following us and was no more than about a metre away at all times. Now he's really loving and playful and has recently been getting more inquisitive.

"You wouldn't really know he had a bad start in life now, apart from the fact he can be timid in different environments.

"We can't wait to make Peso part of our lives."


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