Just last month, the city’s temperatures dipped below zero, making it unfit for anyone to spend a night out in the cold.
Horizon House reached out to Wigglebutt Doghouse, letting the organization know about Holland and Oreo’s situation.
Bierlein even paid for all of Oreo’s shots and her spaying procedure, with Holland’s consent. “She’s safe, and I know they’re taking good care of her,” says Holland. “I can tell Ben has a passion for animals.”
“When I got her, she was so skinny, you could see every bone in her body,” he says.
Whenever Holland visited Oreo, both of their faces would light up. “When [Oreo] came walking out and saw Bernard, I wish I had recorded it,” Burgess recalls of a visit she accompanied Holland on. “She hadn’t seen him since Friday. It was one of the most beautiful things. She was so excited… Her tail was going 40 miles per hour. She was rolling all over, jumping. It made my heart smile.”
He may not have much, in terms of materialistic things, but Holland has a pure heart that people like Burgess and Bierlein can’t deny. “To us, the real story here is about a man, although down on his luck and living in a tent, who would not give up on his dog,” says Bierlein. “The fact that he was willing to gut it out in sub-zero temperatures because he didn’t want to leave his dog — that’s pretty powerful.”
Luckily, the two best friends are now reunited. Holland is currently working part-time at Wigglebutt Doghouse and Oreo lives with him in a nearby motel. “Bernard’s been able to do some painting and maintenance that we needed done, and he brings Oreo over so she can play with the other dogs,” Bierlein explains.
“It is amazing to see the change in Bernard since this all happened,” Burgess adds. “He was very sad and lost when we first encountered him, and now he is more energized and up. We are very proud of him.”
Holland and Oreo’s story is a beautiful one full of hope and we wish the two of them nothing but the best.