Niall Harbison, a local dog rescuer, was riding his motorcycle through the streets of rural Thailand when he heard a peculiar noise coming from the bush. He abruptly halted on the spot.
By sheer accident, Harbison said in an Instagram post, “I came around the bend on my normal path and heard an ear shattering scream.”
Harbison noticed a little, sand-colored dog writhing in the dark brown grass and drove over to get a better look.
As Harbison stooped down, the nervous puppy dodged him, trying to get away.
“I could feel her shaking and her little heart racing at a million beats a second,” Harbison told The Dodo.
Once the puppy realized Harbison was trying to help, she began to relax into her rescuer’s hands.
As he tried to decide what to do, Harbison noticed small movements in the surrounding grass.
Soon, he found them — the puppy’s two sisters. The whole family had been abandoned in the jungle.
“In one way, I was a little happy,” Harbison said. “At least the puppy had not been dumped alone.”
Carefully, Harbison got all three puppies onto his moped and drove them to safety.
You can watch their rescue journey here:
Safe at Harbison’s dog shelter, the puppies slowly began to unwind. After a few hours, their confidence and energy began to return.
“They were shaking with the cold and still very nervous for a few hours,” Harbison said. “They then got back to being puppies and causing mayhem by playing with each other, eating and drinking and sleeping, and generally being cute!”
The sisters, now named Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, will live at the shelter for a while longer, until they’ve fully recovered and are big enough to begin the search for their forever homes.
Finally free to relax and be puppies, these three will never have to worry about making it on their own again.