By James Somper
A young couple have shared heartwarming footage of their rescue dog seeing GRASS for the first time – and the results are adorable.
Chloe Henley and Alex Jewkes, 23 and 27, fell in love with mongrel street puppy Peso after they saw him tied to a lamp post and crying out for help near a building yard while on holiday in El Nido in the Phillipines in January.
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 back to the UK and make him part of their lives.
Uplifting footage shows the moment the abused pup was able to run and play on grass for the first time in his short life, and could hardly contain his excitement.
Close protection officer Alex said: “When we first saw Peso he tried to run away from us.
“He was so scared, but I picked him up and gave him a big cuddle and he suddenly calmed down.
“The first time he saw grass was just so magical. He’s had such hard beginnings so it was wonderful to see him running around and looking so happy.
“He was so hesitant to begin with, he’d only been on rubble before so I’m not quite sure what he thought of grass.”
The couple, who were visiting the country earlier this year, begged Peso’s owner to be allowed to take him home when they found him.
Chloe and Alex, who are currently on a career break gap year, were eventually able to negotiate getting Peso for free and took him to a nearby market for a bite to eat.
They also took the pup to a vet 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 also severely down.
Paramedic Chloe said: “We woke up and heard a dog screaming and crying and saw a small puppy tied up.
“We were just about to leave the hostel so had all our bags packed but we went out to give him some water.
“He was tied to a post and was surrounded by glass, rubble and old cans.
“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.”
Alex said: “He was a skinny, tiny dog and had no water or food.
“We told the owner he needed to give him water and he just laughed at us. They clearly didn’t care about 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.
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 their beloved pooch, if the tests reveal no sign of disease.
Chloe said: “The first night we had him, it was amazing.
“We decided to call him Peso because we bought some pork for him which was exactly 21 Peso. We felt it was meant to be.
“He kept following us and was no more than two foot away all time.
“Now he’s really loving and playful and has recently been getting more inquisitive.
“You wouldn’t really know he had a bad start in life now, apart from the fact he can be timid in different environments.
“We can’t wait to make Peso part of our lives.”
You can donate to their GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-peso-the-puppy