On that day a group of friends were out walking their dogs through a park in Oklahoma. Suddenly they noticed a tiny puppy lying in the grass. He was incredibly skinny and some patches of fur on his body were missing. He looked very defeated. When he noticed the group, he perked up and started to follow them. They immediately decided that they couldn’t just leave him there.
The group arranged to take the little puppy straight to the vet so that they could get him checked over and scanned for a microchip. But unfortunately, he didn’t have one. They kept him for two weeks, posting about him online and searching everywhere they could think of for someone who could be missing him. But they came up empty so they started to search for a new family.
Katy and Jacob Bywater were friends with the group who found the puppy and they were been looking to adopt a dog. Their friends asked them if they would be interested in taking the puppy. Even though they didn’t know anything about him, they felt like he was meant to be their dog.
They decided to name the puppy Strider and welcomed him lovingly into their family. He was very timid at first and didn’t seem interested in playing much. It was almost as if he didn’t know how, as if no one had ever bothered to teach him. he was around 10 weeks old at that point, and after taking him to a vet he determined that he was likely a red heeler and beagle mix, and wouldn’t row to be too large.
The couple was so happy because they needed such a smaller dog. But as the weeks went by, it became clear that their little puppy wasn’t going to stay little for very long.
By the time, he turned 6 months old, he was almost 40 pounds. So they decided that he must not be Beagle. But they were sure that he was a red heeler because of he has body and the colour. They purchased a DNA test kit online, and through it, they figured out that he is a red heeler, and he is also the Great Pyrenees. The new news didn’t change their minds about him. He is still their family.
Strider turns out to be quite the surprise, but his new parents wouldn’t change a single thing about him. He is getting bigger and bigger. With every day that passes he is also coming out of his shell more too. He is no longer that little scared puppy who was found at the park. He has grown into a playful, goofy dog who loves running around and playing with his family. He is enjoying his life as a happy dog now.