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Amazing Transformation of a Shelter Pet - The Story of Jimmy. Adopt Rescue Foster

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http://www.andymathis.com Jimmy is one of the dogs I rescued from Macon Animal Control during their Pardon Week back in November. I adopted him and took in 3 other dogs to foster. I hope this encourages people to consider adopting from a animal shelter or rescue group if they are thinking of opening their heart and home to a pet. If you want to read about the 4 from the beginning, they were introduced on my blog here- http://andymathis.blogspot.com/2011/11/pardoned-pooches.html You'll also find their photos in my flickr photostream- http://www.flickr.com/photos/andymathis 07/01/12- Update. I reported this on my own blog and Facebook page, but I see I didn't update the video. A few days after this video was posted to Youtube, Jimmy developed very severe and unexpected complications from the heartworms he was being treated for. He seemed to be doing well on the outside, but had major issues with his heart and lungs according to his pathology report. When this was uploaded I totally expected him to be around another 10 years not realizing that he would only be here a few more days. I decided to leave his video up. If it encourages someone to adopt, rescue, or foster a shelter pet, he would want that. Please share the video if you have a second- it might help another pet in a similar situation.
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Ralu (8 days ago)
Rescued dogs are the best! I rescue,adopt and foster ,dogs are my life💖.In my country are many stray who need homes.
vera mulvihill (1 month ago)
So wonderful to see jimmy so happy......😇😇😇😇🐕🐕🐕🐕🐶🐶 A beautiful dog..
Anne Taylor (4 months ago)
OMG this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life.Thankyou to anyone who saves an animal.I love each and every one of you.❤❤
diane9247 (6 months ago)
Jimmy was so sweet and he knew love, fun and treats at the end. RIP Jimmy. 💐🌷🌻
Liza P. (6 months ago)
Happy... 😙😊
starr b (6 months ago)
beautiful choice of music, beautiful dog and beautiful story!!!
Cyndi Foore (7 months ago)
He’s beautiful and I’m certain he got a wonderful home. I’ll look for an update. I got my kitty from a Humane Society and love her to pieces. I was told by a worker that she and her brother were somewhat feral and she had to work with them for 5-6 weeks. She’s a beauty and a momma’s girl. Please go to shelters and rescues to find a pet that needs you.
Alice E (7 months ago)
You made my day!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Coracao Formoso 123 (7 months ago)
Vendo em 2018/04 tadinho estava com depressão dor na alma. Grata pelo resgate e família e abençoada ao adotar os anjinho lindo só amor e alegria traz🤗❤🐕
Maria Iolanda (8 months ago)
Dr Andy já sou sua FÃ. Parabéns !
O M (8 months ago)
Beautiful song and a beautiful dog
Mary Williams (8 months ago)
Dog looks like o have some Shiva Inu blood. Cute face
Mary Williams (8 months ago)
This vet has a big heart.
Gesuina Reize (8 months ago)
THANK YOU GOD BLESS YOU
Charles Her (10 months ago)
Rip....i wish we all could stay in the same page but everyone is different. We have so many people living in this world why can each family member just helps adopting one dog instead of leave them at shelter stay in their cage no fun, can't be outside. Please let's get together and helping them for a better life.
Jasmine (10 months ago)
Look at the dog, so beutifully I m glad the dog is happy, glad God bless all dogs, people Donate, help, adopth dogs people, be human with good souls for all animals in need
Jasmine (10 months ago)
Poor dog, so sadly to see the dog sad
Kerry Purcell (1 year ago)
thanks for all you do,,it is an example for the rest of us to follow,,,,,,
Jean Orr (1 year ago)
I'm crying
Stephanie SC (1 year ago)
Thanks Dr. Mathis! You have a golden heart. May God bless you and your family!!
Petra Nyman (1 year ago)
Such pure happiness i feel watching this :-) :-) :-)
alma null (1 year ago)
Jimmy is adorable ❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾
Elijah Schkeiban (1 year ago)
OH MY LORD! HE BECAME A REAL DOG.
Cmo (1 year ago)
Beautiful, beautiful story and such a handsome fellow. I've reduced many in the past and their transformation is so worth the time you put into these living animals. Wish more human beings to be great at being humane!!!
Abimations (1 year ago)
He's so cute I just want to hug him
Ruby Cane (1 year ago)
THANK YOU FOR THIS
Wolf Howl 56 (1 year ago)
To everyone... adopting is the best feeling in the world!  We've chosen adopting twice and I guarantee it is so fulfilling to see the transformation of a dog who is 'lost' and given up on life, to wagging its tail again and feeling the love!  They all just want to be loved, and to be with you.  Both of ours were great with our kids and loyal beyond words. The rewards are 100-fold!  So please ... don't shop - adopt!
May nin Ng (1 year ago)
God bless all the dog aman
Robert Mes (1 year ago)
my baby passed 7 months ago but while here she was my angel
Jeannie Hargis (1 year ago)
Loved this and loved the song as well! Thank you for helping Jimmy!
jalen1973 (1 year ago)
I love dogs so much but will you please stop it with this unbelievably cheesy music.
brenda mills (1 year ago)
many times i really hate the music.......i simply mute it.....
Cinzia Arturo Esposto (1 year ago)
😢😢😢😢😢😢😘😘😘😘😘😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
Hyun Joo Kim (1 year ago)
thank you for sharing this.😍
REYNAPAULINA (1 year ago)
Angelito hermoso,merece todo en el mundo porque es un Rey
Steve White (1 year ago)
I would only ever go to an animal shelter to find me a dog. I have had two, both from the same shelter. I knew the nano second I saw each of them I would give them a home. I have by far the best deal. In return for food, water and a bed..... or the couch.... I get unconditional love and loyalty, companionship and they even get taken for walks so I get some good exercise.
al G. (1 year ago)
Beautiful man, dog and music God bless you 😻🇧🇷
Ebillan (1 year ago)
I adopted a dog who I finally got to take home last week. He's never been abused, but is under socialized and extremely fearful. After six days here, he finally left his room for the first time yesterday, but now today he's back to hiding, and not touching his dry food. Very afraid of going outside, too - I feel guilty carrying him outside when he's clearly scared, but he refuses to go to the bathroom inside, so I don't know what to do. How long does it take a typical dog like this to adjust? I feel bad that he's spent almost all his time for the past week lying in a corner, doing nothing but being afraid.
Matthew Paap (1 year ago)
You're a good person. Thanks so much for the video.
Ranger (1 year ago)
Theres a friend for life, they never forget where they came from.Pets do that, bring a lot into our lives.
Ratna Sadal (1 year ago)
<3 love light healing
Cynthia Hawkins (1 year ago)
Instead of a trembling animal going to be put down, he got his chance to be a happy dog. However briefly this can happen, and whatever illnesses the animals have when they wind up in the shelter - blessings to all the kind folks who say, "Let's take him/her in". Woof!!
Jeff Nickel (1 year ago)
You're a good man.
Petra Nyman (1 year ago)
sorry for your loss :-( but he was beautiful, looks like a shepher/shiba inu-mix
Monica (1 year ago)
Bless your heart Dr. Mathis. I am so sorry Jimmy passed away, but thank God he passed away with a smile on his face.
B D (1 year ago)
God bless those who rescue others, whether human or animal.
Ray Knight (1 year ago)
To all those people who rescue animals, here's a Thank You, with all the love and appreciation in my soul.😇😇😇😇😇😇
runningfromtheherd (1 year ago)
Thanks for the screaming religious music. it was so mood inspiring
brenda mills (1 year ago)
if i don't care for the music, i mute it......i am a rocket scientist though !
Sandie Stafford (1 year ago)
Where do they have such. Horrible cages. This can't be the United States
Susan May (1 year ago)
Jimmy, he is one special spirit. How lucky are we to witness his courage.
MsDobrita (1 year ago)
bravoooooooo
what a gorgeous dog.
Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!
820SOUTH (1 year ago)
GOD BLESS YOU...
Kristie Stewart (1 year ago)
can someone tell me what happened to jimmy fur baby dog?
Kristie Stewart (1 year ago)
Dr. Andy Mathis I am so sorry to hear about Jimmy boy. You did everything you could to save him. Jimmy was a handsome fur baby and I just loved Jimmy when I first saw him on your video and the beautiful music playing. I know Jimmy and my Rusty fur baby 18 years old when he passed away from 90 % liver cancer in 2003. He showed no signs of being so sick until one day he started vomiting and we rushed Rusty to the hospital and he was kept overnnight to run a lot of tests on him. As any pet lover knows. It was one of the hardest things we had to endure when he passed away. Thank you for everything you do for animals. And GOD bless you.
Dr. Andy Mathis (1 year ago)
Hi Kristie- he developed two fatal side effects from heartworms- caval syndrome and DIC. Either one is bad enough but two . . . .towards the end of the video where he is playing with Ginger and Daisy. that snippet of video was taped 6 days before he passed away. The complete video was posted on a Wednesday, and he passed away the Sat-Sun of the next weekend.
Karoll M. Juan (1 year ago)
Handsome boy!
young smith (1 year ago)
Need more Dr like him!!
Marina Ann (1 year ago)
what a spacial dog. super special . his eyes says so much . . how hi died?
manthasagittarius1 (1 year ago)
This is the second video of yours now where I see you calmly sitting in the cage space with a timid dog, just sort of "minding your own business" as you acclimate the dog with your presence and share a bit of companionship (and food) without any pressure directly on the animal to interact or accept contact. In the other one you are actually just eating with the dog (as I noticed, with amusement, out of the same type of steel bowl as the dog had). This is very warming to see, and it seems like pure common sense to offer this stage of psychological treatment in the enclosed safe space -- but I've never seen anyone else actually enter the pen or cage and eat with the dog before. Did someone teach you this, or did you just start doing it spontaneously? I would love to hear.
8fox261 (1 year ago)
Shelter pets... They're SOOO appreciative...
Joanna N (2 years ago)
😢😢😢 thank you for giving him so much love and support even for such a short period of time
你辉哥 (2 years ago)
我爱中华田园犬,它们很聪明,希望被世界熟知
Dawn Andersen (2 years ago)
handsome boy I wish I could take him
ahmeed soong (2 years ago)
very nice and inspiring video...thanks for this...
BAT JAQ (2 years ago)
I love dogs but I can't have one.
Emily Berliner (2 years ago)
Dr. Mathis, it is incredible how you gave Jimmy the life he deserved. I personally love animals my self and always find time to donate to shelters such as the ASPCA. I'm so sorry about Jimmy, but he is probably watching over you and everyday thanking you in heaven.
Kristie Stewart (1 year ago)
Emily Berliner can you please tell me what happened to Jimmy dog ? Dr Mathis rescued him.
Gregor Miller (2 years ago)
Tails up, high and proud, good on you guys. Damn onions.
Joanna N (2 years ago)
beautiful dog, inside and out. Thank you for helping him out 😙. the way he plays, runs remind me of my dog.
Ans L (2 years ago)
If everyone was like Dr. Andy, there would be world peace. Bless your heart.
RangerJaxMax May (2 years ago)
Wonderful transformation - patience & kindness kindle joy to a passion for life.
Bonnie62049 (2 years ago)
Beautiful...
Mina Sanchez (2 years ago)
sweet baby thank u for making his life good god bless u .saden me dearly.
Karen Lamb (2 years ago)
this was amazing, so sorry to read that his life was cut so short. major hugs for that... i was surprised to hear the song as about 2 weeks ago i had sent a similar video of a dog getting out of a shelter to a few friends of mine explaining that it represented how i felt when Jesus rescued me. the joy is unspeakable, and if i had a tail it would never stop wagging! thank you so much for what you do. God bless you.
Omar Raymundo (2 years ago)
Thank God he's got lots of love and lots of new friends now !!!🙏😇
labtide (2 years ago)
I have a feral dog. She was living in the woods behind where i work. She was starving and very aggressive only because she had to protect herself no one else would. It took two weeks before she would come near me without snarling. This was in January now she's my little girlfriend. She still has a few issues with strangers and is very protective of me. It took months for her to ried in a car and she still shakes a little at first but after a few miles she's ok. She is very smart and well behaved for the most part. She is sleeping under my desk now. You did a good thing taking that dog my feral dog gives me so much joy.
labtide (2 years ago)
+Dr. Andy Mathis  I'll be happy to and i'll throw in some belly rubs for ya too lol. Thanks
Dr. Andy Mathis (2 years ago)
Give her some ear rubs from me.
Lakyn Madison (2 years ago)
Makes me really cry 😭 someone needs to help all😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 i feel so bad for them
Sandra K (2 years ago)
So heart warming ! Thank You !
Orris Holt (2 years ago)
So glad he knew love, even if for a little while.
Kyla Angle (2 years ago)
Wowww i feel so happy to
tripsadelica (2 years ago)
Wonderful, just wonderful!
tripsadelica (2 years ago)
+newhuskytwenty Your English is excellent! My parents were Italian immigrants who came to Australia in the early 1950s. I was born here. I am ashamed to say that my spoken Italian is terrible but I can understand what is said. In fact I can also understand some Spanish because, in some ways, it is similar to the Calabrian dialect. I thought about adopting another dog to be a companion for my Staffy but she is a very jealous dog and does not like any other dog coming near me. I think she wants me for her daddy and no other dog is allowed near her daddy. My veterinarian said not to adopt a companion dog as she was a "one man dog". I looked at the link and saw all the lovely dogs on offer for adoption in Pamplona. I especially liked this one: http://www.pamplona.es/verPagina.asp?IdPag=1669&Idioma=1 because she looks a little like my dog. I live in a suburb of Australia's second largest city. Most shelters here have a "do not kill" policy but some local municipal dog pounds will put dogs down after 90 days if no one claims them. Here is a shelter close to my home run entirely by volunteers. I make donations to their charity every year: https://www.aaps.org.au/?page_id=2191
newhuskytwenty (2 years ago)
+tripsadelica I'm from Spain and we don't have real dingos, only in Australia. I knew where was that name from before to choose the name of that true angel of love, really tender and sweet, as usually all huskies are. Yes, I agree, we can't solve all that injustice by ourselves but if we all adopted one single dog there were not stray dogs. I usually adopt the most beautiful and I feel guilty about the fate of the ugliest but I live in a small city and its shelter doesn't put down many of them. They are kept a lot of time and usually find an owner. Here are the avalaible now, just for curiosity: http://www.pamplona.es/verPagina.asp?idPag=475&idioma=1
tripsadelica (2 years ago)
Thank you for your kind wishes. Personally I find it very difficult to enter an animal shelter because I usually end up wanting to take all the dogs home. I can't bear the thought of a dog suffering. I am very soft in that regard. This is because I know how very deeply a dog loves its master without qualification and to see dogs that have been betrayed by useless owners really infuriates me. Yes, I agree...dogs live far too short lives. I wish that scientists could genetically alter them to live the same time span as a human. When I look at my dog I fear for her. I would do anything to slow her ageing down...but life is the way it is and when a dog dies your heart is always going to be broken. I checked out the picture of Dingo. What a handsome dog he was! I bet he was a very loving dog. Did you know that "Dingo" is the name for my country's wild dog? Dingoes are fascinating creatures. They look like a bit like the Shiba Inu or the Akitas of Japan and they do not bark. Contrary to what the media will tell you they are not dangerous to human beings and if you manage to get a puppy from a Dingo litter they make very good pets. Anyway...best wishes to you once again. I have always found that people who love dogs are the best of our human race.
newhuskytwenty (2 years ago)
+tripsadelica Your dog is a fighter, I hope she will do 18 with all your care. Yes, but even 16 is never enough, they break your heart when they pass away. I adopted him with eight months at the local shelter, exactly the age which had the present when I saw him at the same shelter. It seems there are people who only want puppies. His name was Dingo and is here: http://www.huskycolors.com/white.html
tripsadelica (2 years ago)
+newhuskytwenty Your husky lived for 16 years? That's a wonderful lifespan for a dog that size. You really must have looked after it very well. I salute you! I have a English Staffordshire Terrier X Jack Russell. All the colouring of a Jack but the build and look of a Staffy with longer legs. She is now 13. She has survived cancer ( a sarcoma ) and a popped ACL joint (surgically repaired). I love her with all my life. I hope she makes it to 18. She has a C5 injection every year as well as the heart worm shot. She also has monthly injections of Synovan to prevent arthritis and I give her two capsules of New Zealand Green-lipped mussel extract every night wrapped in a cheese slice. The mussel extract is excellent in preventing muscular inflammation. Oh...she also has a big spoonful of natural yoghurt with AB culture every night as well. I just looked up a picture of your type of dog. Very beautiful creature. I wish you all the best and a long life for your dog. God bless you.
sodbuster925 (2 years ago)
omg I am watching this right now and its hard to see what I'm typing  my god this just breaks my heart  omg
Elaine Warren (2 years ago)
Wow, Doctor, I found an angel and hero in you! Jimmy had such love and happiness with you even for a short time.
Kristie Stewart (1 year ago)
Elaine Warren Your Welcome. I really love dogs and other animals. This beautiful video ,song,Dr.Mathis and. preicous Jimmy dog made my heart full of joy
Kristie Stewart (1 year ago)
Dr. Andy Mathis You have a beautiful soul and heart for the love of JESUS . I have a lot of respect and love for you helping and rescueing dogs and other animals. Dr. Mathis , you are so careing and gentle with a special love of dogs helping them get back to normal again. You are so amazing. and awesome. God Bless you forever . Dr Mathis you deserve the best of every thing in life. The song in this video brought tears to my eyes. Keep playing the songs about jesus in your videos.
Elaine Warren (1 year ago)
+Kristie Stewart...Yes, the doctor has a beautiful heart...thanks Kristie.
Kristie Stewart (1 year ago)
Elaine Warren I totally agree with you.
Dr. Andy Mathis (2 years ago)
Thanks Elaine. I think about him often.
Mary Shimek (2 years ago)
Just subscribed to your channel. Saw one of your videos once before with you eating with a scared dog. It was great that you adopted Jimmy. Even though his time with you wasn't long it was probably the best time in his short life. I can tell by your vidios you must be a great vet. Oh and by the way I thought the song was good.
Chai'naMarie03 (2 years ago)
How sad that Jimmy never had a long happy life....but at least he knew what it was liked to feel safe and to be loved. R.I P. Jimmy
Skylark Judy Davis (2 years ago)
Wonderful kindness and compassion you have shown to all the dogs. Love the song and music.
Deette Kearns (2 years ago)
What a beautiful animal he was.
Mrs DeVine (2 years ago)
Thank you for being so kind ignore the thumbs down.. the song is fine... people are just ignorant. You did something great for these beautiful dogs gave them a 2nd chance at life. Sorry to hear about Jimmy but you did give him love and safety in the end, which is all we can ask for in life. RIP Jimmy may you see him one day again on Rainbow Bridge a place in heaven where we reunite with all our furry loved ones.
Heather Gall (2 years ago)
Omg. I didn't see the part about him getting ill until after. Now the tears start.
Heather Gall (2 years ago)
Beautiful dog. You are a kind soul to help these dogs.
Rosa Lebon (2 years ago)
Thumbs up for what you did AND the song about Jesus!
anaviveri (2 years ago)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!THIS WAS A PERSON NOT A DOG!!!!! HE IS SOO SPECIAL! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Judith Anne (2 years ago)
thumbs down because of the stupid song about jeesus.
brenda mills (1 year ago)
if they don't like your song, one would hope they would be smart enough to MUTE.....guess not !
Kristie Stewart (1 year ago)
grantorino2009 I agree with you 100%. Keep playing the songs They are so beautiful and Jesus is my Lord And Savior.
grantorino2009 (1 year ago)
Dr. Andy, DO NOT compromise with her over your song choice. DO NOT publicly forsake Christ by pandering to hateful people like Judith Anne. Stick to your values, and understand that her outrage is all the evidence you need to know that Christianity is real. Had the song been about anything else, she would not have commented. Such is the offense of the cross and its effect on the black hearted. Stand for Christ, keep playing these songs, and keep rescuing dogs.
grantorino2009 (1 year ago)
Shame on you, black heart.
quetzal 13 (2 years ago)
you are so rude, the song is not important. actions are the most important. what are you doing in life to help the dogs like the doctor is doing. by the way, do you have another song in mind? as the doctor very kindly asked you.
Hassina Khan (2 years ago)
Patience and love - great job.
MARY HARRIS (2 years ago)
God bless you Dr. Mathis. You gave Jimmy the only love and care he had ever known. There is a special place in heaven for you.
banderanti (2 years ago)
A beautiful dog - well done for saving him.
Linda Ortado (2 years ago)
my heart broke he looked so happy when did he pass away,,? why are some people so cruel with animals. thank you for helping him.
A French Touch (2 years ago)
RIP Jimmy :'( I'm glad you knew, before going to sleep, that people love you <3 Thank you Dr. Mathis, for given him a home at last, and for everything that you do for his furry friends.
Daniel Ruhland (2 years ago)
Sie haben dem Jimmy noch gezeigt was es heisst geliebt zu werden, und dafür kann man Ihnen nur Danke sagen.
Tkuei Chou (2 years ago)
😯People got wrong impression that dogs in the shelter are troubled dog. There are dogs in the shelter because humans are responsible why they are there. Those irresponsible and ruthless humans.😠
galleongusty (2 years ago)
Four months ago when I watched this video, I fell in love with Jimmy--such a rebound after years in a cage. The video showed how he felt then. Dr. Mathis did a wonderful for him and the other dogs. Their play period near the end of the video is the most delightful I have ever seen. And then I read the small print and saw that he had died soon after. So thankful he had some good life at the end. Thanks you Dr. Mathis
Tytianna Manning (2 years ago)
I was about to cry and it makes me want to play with my dog

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