Imagine for a moment that you will never get to feel the sun shining on your face, smell the outdoors, or curl up on the couch and take doggy naps with your human bestie.
That was the sad reality for thousands of beagles that were recently rescued from a Virginia breeding facility, where they lived a miserable existence.
Thankfully, one of those beagles is finally getting a chance to experience the joys of something she never knew even existed before: GRASS!
You may not think the grass in your backyard is such a big deal, but when you have four paws and floppy ears, it’s four times as important to get in your daily dose of fun textures squishing between your toes.
Thanks to Karen Shrader, a sweet girl named Sami is learning how to grow up and be a dog.
Karen and her family agreed to foster Sami after they heard about The Humane Society’s urgent plea for help from the community. The organization has been working relentlessly to rehome 4,000 beagles as quickly as possible.
Because the breeding facility was shut down by the government, “Many of these dogs were bound for animal testing laboratories across the country.”
In a Facebook post, Karen shared a video of Sami after they brought her home. She explored for a bit, then wandered outside and discovered something she had never seen before.
“We brought Sami home Thursday & after only the 3rd day of love & care watch her blossom to doing zoomies!!”
Wasting no time at all, she naturally and instinctively did what all gratefully happy doggos do: ZOOMIES!
“Until Lexington Humane Society rescued 15 of the beagles this week, none had the privilege of touching grass or given the chance to be a dog!
Fostering Sami is the first step in ensuring she receives all the love and attention she deserves. Karen hopes to eventually adopt the precious pup, which means she can do zoomies all day every day.
Unless she’s chilling out with dad, then it’s time to get all the backrubs she’d been missing out on.
Now that she’s finally allowed to be a dog, that means Sami has permission to hoard her toys and sleep with them.
Only her absolute favorites make it into her doggy bed with her, though.
Not that we really need to know the reason why, because watching them zip around is so much fun, but Shelby Semel, head trainer at Animal Haven rescue in New York City, told The Dodo:
“They are just bursts of energy being released, often stored up over a period of time.”
As for fostering Sami? Well, Karen is obviously a complete and utter failure at that. In an update, she noted:
“She has won our hearts. We are adopting her! Yes, I’m a foster failure!”
Karen added, “It warms my heart to know she has gone from a place where she could not be a dog and now enjoy the freedom to run, play and feel the loving touch of a human!”
After plowing through the grass, Sami slowed down a little bit, but not much.
Watch the video below to see Sami’s version of a simple dog’s life.
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