Herschel is a German Shepherd that has spent most of his life chained in the backyard. For almost five years, he was alone, and all he ever got to go to was the small space where his chains allowed him to roam. He was chained for so long that he continuously chewed on it, desperate to break free. As a result, some of his teeth got whittled down.
His life-changing journey started with his rescue from the backyard. It wasn’t all smooth sailing from there. He got adopted, but his new owners returned him to the shelter. At his age, Herschel could already be considered a senior in the shelter. Most potential adopters look for puppies. So the shelter staff was worried about Herschel’s chances of being adopted again.
“Dogs Day Out” YouTube series
Herschel’s big break came when Rocky Kanaka took an interest in him. Rocky is the creator of the Dogs Day Out web series, which features him taking shelter dogs out for the time of their lives. In his episode, Herschel was taken to experience snow for the first time. The dog also received a lot of treats and given tons of hugs from happy kids.
The exposure from the viral video gave Herschel the opportunity to be adopted. And soon, a family from Washington adopted him. Learning about this, Rocky volunteered to drive Herschel, now known affectionately as Bear, to his new forever home.
Bear’s first time in the ocean
Rocky wanted to share another memorable time with Bear. So he decided to make a special stopover to the beach on the way. Rocky knew that this was the first time that Bear would get to see the ocean.
When Bear saw the sea, he was mesmerized. He was stunned and silent for a brief moment. And as the waves crashed to the sandy beach, Bear started howling excitedly. He barks and makes noises as he tries to pull Rocky closer to the ocean. And soon, the two were playing and jumping by the waters. It’s an amazing start to the new life that he now has ahead of him. Watch Bear and his reaction to the beach in the video below.
Source: Rocky Kanaka via Youtube