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Grateful Dog Hugs Rescuer Who Saved Him From Being Euthanized

When it comes to gratitude, a special dog near Findlay, Ohio, knows how to show it.

A 2-year-old beagle named Gregory who was left at a dog shelter and like all dogs who end up there, needed a home.

Unfortunately, not all dogs end up with families and some are euthanized if they don’t find a forever home.

Thankfully, that wasn’t Gregory’s fate. One day, a man named Joe Kirk stopped by and saved the beagle from certain death.

It was a life-changing experience for the dog, and thanks to camera phones, Joe captured that moment.

The appreciative dog gave Joe a big, endearing side hug that spoke volumes. It was obvious the dog was happy to be rescued and eager to start a new life with Joe.

Joe drove two hours to pick up the dog and during his first meeting with the beagle, that he felt like they had “known each other for years.”

Joe told his wife that during the car ride home, “All Gregory wanted to do was to be touching me and cuddling up against me.”

Gregory was so visibly grateful to be rescued and let his rescuer know it. For the first time in a long time, the sweet dog felt safe.

Gregory rewarded his savior Joe with a warm hug once he understood that he was being rescued

Going forward, Gregory gets his second chance at a happy ever after.

The Kirks have already gotten adoption offers for the sweet pup, who according to Schenley is “very loving, very affectionate” and “loves to give kisses.” \

As soon as Gregory is cleared by a vet in a couple of months, he will have his first meeting with a prospective family.

“That is what we do, that is what makes it all worthwhile, knowing that we are able to save the lives of these dogs in need, and their appreciation and the love they give back is amazing. There’s nothing better,” Said Joes wife Schenley.

Image credits: Schenley Hutson Kirk

This Beagle was going to be put to sleep because he was diagnosed with heartworm disease

“Gregory is one thankful and appreciative Beagle! He KNOWS he is SAFE! He is Heartworm Positive and will be going through treatment, but he knows he is in good hands! We will get him healthy and provide him all the love he so deserves and a wonderful future!!” Schenley wrote in a Facebook post a year ago.

Image credits: Schenley Hutson Kirk

Schenley told Today that, according to her husband, all Gregory wanted to do during the car ride was “cuddle” up to Joe. “He is very loving, very affectionate,” she confirmed that the Beagle was, without a shadow of a doubt, a very good boy. “He loves to be next to you. He loves to give kisses.”

Image credits: Schenley Hutson Kirk

Image credits: Schenley Hutson Kirk

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Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!