Zachary Anderegg went hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona. He had been climbing for two hours when he saw a black creature walking in circles at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. He had no clue what it was and even thought that he might be hallucinating.
Out of curiosity, he then rappelled down the cliff and found a very weak dog believed to have been abandoned and left for good by his former owner at the bottom of the cliff.
When Anderegg came upon the dog, its condition bespoke his "abusers' handiwork".
The dog obtained three shotgun pellets embedded beneath his skin and had one broken leg. Its body was skinny and boney, and its teeth had turned permanently black from malnutrition.
As soon as he saw the abandoned dog in the canyon pit, — hurt, alone, and forgotten — Anderegg suddenly saw himself in the dog’s situation. He was also at the bottom of a veritable canyon himself — a canyon with imprisoning depth and darkness created by his sad and dark childhood.
“In the act of finding Riley where I did in the circumstances that I found him in, really struck a corner with my past. I really saw a form of myself,” Anderegg said, admitting his dark childhood.
Growing up, Anderegg dealt with a “never ending” bullying by some of his classmates. When he was in junior high, it even escalated to physical attacks.
Aside from his ordeal and threats by his classmates, Anderegg was also made to deal with his dysfunctional family at home.
“My mother was incapable of providing the love and support that I needed. My father was simply nonexistent and during my early childhood, my stepmother was verbally abusive when others were not around,” he said, adding that there were very few places where he felt any degree of safety.
His dark past made him rescue the dog and adopted it.
Anderegg and his wife called it “Riley.”
“I felt I’ve witnessed to something really wrong. And I was going to do in my power to right (correct) the wrong that I’ve witnessed,” he said.
Anderegg brought the weakly Riley to a veterinarian first and then drove it back to his home in Utah…
…where another dog was also waiting for him.
He then posted the video he took while rescuing Riley on Youtube and garnered more than five million views. Anderegg’s video then has caught the attention of different shows in America.
Riley and Anderegg had a few guestings on shows such as Today Show, Inside Edition, and The Ellen Show, among others.
“The meeting was one of a man and a dog singularly suited to save each other,” he said.
Anderegg said that as he witnessed Riley’s recovery and healing, how Riley started to trust people again and embrace life, he, in the process, has learned how to forgive and forget his past.
Anderegg then wrote a book entitled “Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself.” The book is about rescuing Riley and the whole process of his and Riley’s healing and recovery.
To know more of how Riley was rescued, watch Anderegg’s video below:
Holocaust Hero’s Reunion With Some Of The 669 Survivors He Saved Will Leave You In Tears
Those Holocaust survivors and their families will forever be indebted to him.
Among the list of the courageous heroes of the Holocaust, Sir Nicholas Winton was one of the most celebrated. Dubbed as the “British Schindler,” he organized the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia during the eve of World War 2 in 1938.
It was an incredible feat for an Englishman during that dark period to save hundreds of mostly Jewish kids and transport them to Britain. Despite the odds, Winton was able to arrange for the children’s safe passage to Britain and thus saved them from imminent death in the Nazi concentration camps.
Eventually, with the help of his mother, he was able to find new homes and families for the refugees.
Inspiring Millionaire CEO Pays It Forward by Hiring People Who Need a Second Chance
Chris Rickerson hit rock bottom many times before, and now, he is helping turn lives around.
Chris Rickerson couldn't catch a break. He grew up in poverty, had a chaotic childhood, and struggled with drugs, among other misfortunes. All he needed was a chance to turn his life around. Thankfully, there were kind-hearted people who paved the way for that to happen.
In 2013, after years and years of struggling, Rickerson founded Elite Staffing Solutions. The Wichita, Kansas-based staffing company helps people who have hit rock bottom. It provides construction, administrative, and professional temps. Today, Elite Staffing Solutions is valued at over $3 million.
The road to Rickerson's success, however, wasn't easy.
Lonely 90-Year-Old Lady Asks Neighbor to Be Her Friend in a Heartbreaking Note
We need to take better care of the elderly!
For some people, getting older means having fewer and fewer friends. This is especially true for those in their golden years. A lot of the elderly in our society experience isolation and loneliness, and these can greatly affect the quality of their remaining years. But there's something we can do about it.
Marleen Brooks of Missouri one day came home to see a heartbreaking note from her 90-year-old neighbor named Wanda. The old lady lived down the street from Brooks and was feeling extremely lonely.