A young couple shared a clip of their rescue dog seeing grass for the first time – and the results are adorable.
Chloe Henley and Alex Jewkes, 23 and 27, said they fell in love with mongrel street puppy Peso while on holiday in El Nido in the Philippines in January, after they saw him tied to a lamp post and crying out.
‘He was so hesitant to begin with,’ said Jewkes, ‘he’d only been on rubble before so I’m not quite sure what he thought of grass.’
The couple from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, took the puppy in and spent months nursing him back to health – and now are determined to raise £3,500 to bring him to the UK to join them.
Peso rolled happily in the grass after a much-needed bath and food. The couple have named him Peso, after the 21 Pesos they paid for when they bought some pork for him
‘When we first saw Peso, he tried to run away from us,’ said Jewkes, ‘he was so scared’
Henley and Jewkes, who were visiting the country earlier this year, very nearly missed spotting the dog, but heard his cries as they were about to leave their hostel. They said he was afraid and neglected.
‘When we first saw Peso, he tried to run away from us,’ said Jewkes. ‘He was so scared, but I picked him up and gave him a big cuddle and he suddenly calmed down.’
The couple then asked the owner if they could have the dog. He laughed, they said, and told them they could have Peso for free.
The couple asked Peso’s previous owner if they could have the dog. He laughed in response
Chloe Henley and Alex Jewkes, 23 and 27, said they fell in love with mongrel street puppy Peso after they saw him tied to a lamp post and crying out – they took him in and gave him a bath. They then went to the local market to buy the hungry dog some food
‘We gave him some food, water and a quick bath but he was in a terrible state, he had awful fleas and looked horrendous,’ Henley said of the small mongrel dog. She and her boyfriend took the pup to a veterinarian, who found that Peso was half the weight he should have been
Blood tests also found that the dog’s red blood cell count was very low
They then took the pup to a veterinarian, who found that Peso was half the weight he should have been as well as severely malnourished and dehydrated. Blood tests also found that his red blood cell count was very low.
‘He was tied to a post and was surrounded by glass, rubble and old cans,’ said Henley. ‘We gave him some food, water and a quick bath but he was in a terrible state, he had awful fleas and looked horrendous.’
‘He was exhausted, he walked 10 steps and then collapsed,’ she said.
They decided to call him Peso, after the 21 Pesos they paid for when they bought some pork for him.
The couple, who are currently still in the Philippines, are now planning to bring Peso back the UK and are raising money on GoFundMe to cover the travel costs.
The small puppy gradually warmed to the British couple who took him in
The couple are currently still in the Philippines. They are in the process of raising money on a GoFundMe page in the hope they can bring Peso back to the UK with them
In order to travel abroad, the pooch will need to have a rabies vaccine and wait 30 days
The puppy named Peso has come a long way from the rubbish-strewn yard where he was found
But in order to travel abroad, the pooch has to have a rabies vaccine and wait 30 days while the results are checked.
When the couples’ visas expire at the end of February they will have to return to the UK with Peso’s blood test results and bring these back to an approved British lab.
They will then have to travel back to the Philippines on a different visa to pick up the dog, if the tests reveal no sign of disease.
‘We can’t wait to make Peso part of our lives,’ said Henley.
You can donate to their GoFundMe page here
‘We can’t wait to make Peso part of our lives,’ said Henley. The couple hope he’ll join them in the UK, and become a permanent feature in their home
A treat in his mouth, Peso has received veterinary care and is flea-free
Now clean and healthy, the pup cradles a coconut shell between his paws