“He is such a sweet, smart dog that lives to please people” ❤️
In a remote area of Oklahoma, Oakley dallied around a crossroads, perhaps hoping that a passing vehicle would see him.
With two other dogs present, the puppy had been left alone. The lost animals roamed the countryside for more than a week while they waited for their owners to come looking for them. The dogs slept outdoors in a tin tube beneath the road.
The black Lab mix and his friends were thankfully spotted by a Good Samaritan, who then called animal rescuer Alysse Matlock, who hurried over as soon as she could.
When Matlock noticed how the dog was doing, she was upset.
Matlock told us, “He was in pretty bad shape, which broke my heart.”
The first of the three to be saved was Oakley. Soon after, the other two were discovered and taken to foster homes where they could heal.
Matlock took Oakley back to her home, where he immediately relaxed. Soon his warm personality was on display. Moved by Oakley’s speedy affection, Matlock was furious that someone left him all alone.
“He is such a sweet, smart dog that lives to please people,” Matlock said. “It angered me that people could be so cruel.”
Matlock made a video about Oakley’s rescue, which you can watch here:
Matlock gave Oakley a bath and arranged his medical care. She got in touch with Safe Haven Animal Rescue, which generously offered to cover Oakley’s medical expenses while Matlock fostered him.
In a few short months, Oakley’s skin and eye conditions had greatly improved. He was still loving life in foster care — he especially enjoyed lunch and dinner — but it was time for him to find a permanent home.
Matlock knew Oakley would be adopted in no time.
“He was such an easy dog,” Matlock said. “[He] got along with everyone and anyone from the very beginning!”
After seeing Matlock’s Instagram video about Oakley, one family was particularly moved by the dog’s inspiring story. They knew they had to meet him. The family contacted Matlock and arranged a meeting. It wasn’t long before they realized Oakley was the dog they’d been searching for.
“They drove all the way from Minnesota to pick him up,” Matlock said. “He’s been a perfect fit ever since.”