Golden Retriever Panics During Rescue, Then Has Amazing Reaction (VIDEO)

Last week, I skipped my weekly post, but it wasn’t intentional at first. I knew that I had a tight schedule all week, but I honestly thought I could do it all.  Well, I was wrong, sorry about that! Now, I’m back to my usual weekly post. So, let’s do this!

Well, this week I’m back with a great rescue story by my favorite animal rescue organization, Hope For Paws. Eldad Hagar teamed up with Lisa Arturo to rescue a homeless Golden Retriever girl. But she was really good at hiding in plain sight. But in the end, the rescue mission was successful as usual.

The life of a homeless dog

Clarabelle was a stray dog who lived on the street for many weeks. Some nice people fed her, but nobody could get close to her. Finally, somebody called Hope For Paws to ask them to come and free Clarabelle from this terrible life. Naturally, the poor pup deserved more than this!

Although it had a happy ending, the rescue mission didn’t go as planned at first. Clarabelle was very good at hiding from humans, and it was only at the fifth attempt that they finally discovered her hiding place. She had taken refuge in an industrial park in Southern California.

The rescue mission

Life on the streets had left Clarabelle extremely wary of people. She was a very frightened girl and, unfortunately, the noise of trains passing nearby made her go and hide under a dumpster. The team had to get quite creative to be able to gain the scared dog trust and get her out of there.

The two rescuers had to work at each end of the dumpster to catch Clarabelle. Eldad tried a few times to pass a control leash around her neck, and he finally succeeded. But when the brave girl felt trapped, she tried to break free. However, when she realized that she couldn’t free herself, she completely panicked.

In the end, Eldad had to crawl his way in to meet the dog and reassure her by petting her on the nose. At this point, Clarabelle joined in with his rescuer, and they made it out safely.

As soon as the sweet girl was out, her behavior changed dramatically, and she gladly let Eldad and Lisa hug as well as kiss her. Below is the video where you can see the amazing rescue.

After the rescue

Once rescued, Clarabelle got medical treatment, a good bath and she went to stay into foster care with the team at the Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue. To this day, the video was watched almost 3 million times on YouTube and almost 12,000 times on Vimeo.


If you want updates on Clarabelle, just check out Hope For Paws Facebook Page and for photo updates, check out Eldad Hagar Flickr Page.

Photos credit: Vimeo/Eldad Hagar


10 thoughts on “Golden Retriever Panics During Rescue, Then Has Amazing Reaction (VIDEO)

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  1. What a beautiful story Nataly. Ugh, it broke my heart to see how scared she was. Her eyes told said it all. Bless the hearts of those good people who took the time and had the patience to rescue her.

    I loved how happy she looked afterward. I sure hope she finds a furever home.

    Thanks for sharing gf. Have a great week and talk soon :).



    1. Hi Cori,

      It is truly a beautiful story! She really looked scared at the beginning, but in the end she looked so happy! Eldad Hagar from Hope For Paws and Lisa Arturo are amazing people with such great hearts. I also wish Clarabelle finds her furever home soon. Supposedly, they received tons of applications for her.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, gf! Have a great week too! 🙂


  2. Hi Nataly!

    I remember when I first saw this video. That poor pup was so scared. Thankfully for some dog loving rescuers to come rescue her. I just wish more people would step up and rescue when needed. The world could be so much better. Thanks for sharing!



    1. Hi Bren,

      I also wish that more people would do the same thing that Eldad Hagar and his team do for those poor abandoned pooches! I also wish that people would stop abandoning them in the first place.

      Thanks for stopping by, gf! Hope you had a great Monday! 🙂


  3. Hi Nataly,

    As a dog lover I enjoyed watching this rescue. At first she was so frightened, but then little by little she was saved. I only adopt rescue dogs. I’m down to two of them. This video touched my heart because one of my dogs was found in a terrible place. When I heard his story we drove across 3 states to bring him home.

    He is with us and is my little love! Of course I’ll share this one!



    1. Hi Donna,

      I also love to watch those rescue videos, especially the Hope For Paws ones! All the dogs that I had were rescue dogs too. Myrka is my third one!

      I think that driving 3 states to bring home your furbaby is really great! He must be so happy with you!

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and for sharing! Happy hump day! 🙂


    1. Hi Shann,

      You’re so right when you say that too many animals don’t have the chance to be saved just like Clarabelle was! Hope For Paws is really an amazing organization. They do so much good and save so many animals. I really admire Eldad Hagar and his team!

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and for commenting! Happy hump day! 🙂


  4. Hey Natala,

    What a wonderful rescue story. I always take my hat off to the rescuers because I would never be strong enough to cope with a job like this. Their persistence and patience in coaching our four legged friends is a credit to the ability to keep it together under such sad circumstances. But I do love a happy puppy ending. Sometimes humans really disappointment and disturb me with their treatment towards animals.

    Thanks for a great story.



    1. Hi Rachel,

      That’s a wonderful rescue story indeed! And I also admire rescuers like Eldad Hagar and his team, they surely know how to handle those poor dogs. I can’t believe the way some people treat animals. It’s really sad to see those poor homeless animals struggling to survive on the streets.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and for your comments! Have a great Thursday! 🙂


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