Army veteran Geoffrey Hoffman received the best gift that he could have wished for on Christmas Eve…the return of his stolen dog, Bridget. The gray and white pit bull was stolen from her home on December 20 and in the days that followed, Sergeant Hoffman had one mission – to get his beloved dog back.
Fliers were posted, a police report was filed and a Facebook page (Bring Bridget Back) was established. On the morning of Christmas Eve, Hoffman’s girlfriend, too worried to sleep, had set out to scour the area once again. This time, she hit pay dirt when she found Bridget alongside a rural road.
A jubilant post was made to the hundreds of people following page dedicated to the quest to bring Bridget home.
“Hi everyone, I have wonderful news. Bridget is Back!! She was found along side a rural road this morning at 6AM. My girlfriend couldn’t sleep because she was so worried, so she went out searching for Bridget, as she has done almost every night so far. This time, with a little luck and sharp eyes, she saw Bridget curled up near some bushes just off the road. When she approached, Bridget started to wag her tail. Typical Bridget :)”
Bridget had been found, but she was not unscathed from the experience. Her front leg had been sliced multiple times…her eyes were red and swollen and she had blood in her stool. The most heartbreaking damage was the loss of Bridget’s ever-present smile and the twinkle in her eyes.
Despite Bridget’s trauma, Hoffman expressed optimism for the return of her vibrant personality:
“Bridget is a soul full of love and affection. As exhausted, hungry, thirsty, injured, and cold as she was, even at the emergency vet, every time she saw a new person, she wanted to make friends with them. Nothing will hold down her spirit of love.”
Bridget survived being stolen and abused – miraculously, she managed to survive the worst of humanity. Today, she and her devoted owner are being shown the best of humanity as strangers send words of love and make donations to ensure that Bridget receives all of the veterinary care that she needs to recuperate from her injuries. Hoffman told Yahoo Lifestyle, “The support I’ve gotten has been mindblowing.”
(Images via GoFundMe and Facebook)
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