Watch Abandoned Days-Old Puppy Grow Into a Happy, Healthy Dog

Thanks to Howl of a Dog rescue, Joy went from a sidewalk in Romania to a home in the Netherlands.

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A newborn puppy needs food, shelter, warmth, and love. So when just days-old Joy was found without any of these life-sustaining necessities on a sidewalk in Romania, the nonprofit animal rescue Howl of a Dog came to his aid.

Weighing less than half a pound, Joy — like any other newborn dog — was blind, deaf, and incapable of maintaining a warm body temperature. Like a human baby, these creatures rely on their caregivers for safety and comfort. And although he didn’t have a doting mother or brothers and sisters close by for warmth, the pup was given everything he needed for more than four months at Howl of a Dog.

This five-minute video shows the sweet dog being bottle-fed milk, cuddled and pet on a soft blanket, and resting for hours on end. His favorite stuffed toy, a black-and-white striped Siberian tiger, is his constant companion as weeks pass and Joy meets full-grown dogs while coming into his own as a playful pooch romping with new friends and rolling in the grass.

Just before Christmas, a couple living in the Netherlands adopts Joy. Ellen and Ricardo waste no time in picking up their new family member, driving more than 1,500 miles round-trip and meeting in Vienna to bring Joy home for the holidays.

Nearing the end of the video, viewers get to see Joy as an adult dog with a teddy bear-like face and a gorgeous black, white, and tan coat. Digging at the beach and frolicking in the snow, it becomes clear that Joy has lived up to his name.

Whitney C. Harris

Whitney is a New York-based writer for websites including Dogster,, and A former book and magazine editor, she enjoys running (with her dog, Finley), watching movies (also with Finley), and cooking meatless meals (usually with Finley watching close by). She and her husband (and Finley, too) welcomed a baby girl named Rowan in August.


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