In late December, a man was riding his motorcycle through the mountains when a heroic dog started running after him.
The dog barked and barked and continued to follow the biker, desperate for his attention.
He sensed that the dog was trying to tell him something, so he stopped his motorcycle and approached the pup.
The dog led him into a dumpsite where a newborn baby boy was wrapped in a towel.
“To Revilla’s surprise, he found a baby wrapped in a brown towel,” said Gea Ybarita, a staff member at Hope for Strays. “The location where the baby was found is isolated since it’s on the top of the mountain.”
Revilla picked up the baby and rushed him straight to the closest police station, where the Department of Social Welfare took over.
The baby was just about found in time and was still showing good health, all thanks to the dogs rapid thinking.
Social welfare are trying to find the parents or anyone who may know something about the baby.
After news of the brave heroism by the stray reached the local news, volunteers with the ‘Hope for Strays’ went to the mountains in search of the pup.
But they came across someone who claimed the dog, who was named Blacky, belonged to him.
“He showed us the way to his home and to our surprise, Blacky was there with three other dogs,” Ybarita said. “We’ve confirmed he is not a stray at all.”
“[Blacky’s owner] stated, ‘No matter how hard life is, even though I’m poor, I feed all of my dogs and take care of them well,’” Ybarita said.
Blacky as well as his family received a huge outpouring of support from the local community. This included donations of food, pet supplies and even more.
Blacky certainly changed the future, whether he knows it or not for the baby, his family and one very lucky baby girl.
The special relationship between dog and baby
The bond that exists between canines and humans is unmistakable, they truly are mans best friend.
They’re very adaptable creatures and bond with their human counterparts — and that includes babies.
Dogs seem to have a special relationship with babies, they always form powerful bonds.
Dogs have feelings, which enable them to pick up on different cues and subtleties.
They can sense that a baby is vulnerable and harmless and have the instinct to protect and care for it.
They certainly do this in a different way to us humans, you might see a dog sniff or lick a baby’s face or rear end.
It’s their way of checking the baby’s health, these are things a mother dog usually does with her pups.
“All dogs have a mating drive and den instincts; it’s part of what’s called their ‘pack drive.’”
It’s only natural that a dod will become protective of a new baby when they arrive, especially when they have a strong pack drive and have a strong bond with their family.
“When there is a dog around, human babies grow up healthier, more protected, and generally happier,” says Backe, a pet and wellness expert.