Original Article – Whenever you come across a stray dog, if you’re a dog lover, you always have the instinct to attempt to become friends with them. Most of the time, they run away — if they’ve been a stray for a while, they aren’t used to interaction and don’t know what to expect.

This couple, though, was determined to befriend a stray dog they found. Joe noticed one day a big starving-looking dog poking his head out of the woods. Apparently, people tend to dump dogs out where the couple lives.

Maria and Joe were unable to get the dog to come up to them, so they decided to bring him food. When they started documenting their journey attempting to befriend this dog, it was fall. Joe held out food in his hand, and the dog came up and grabbed it!

They could clearly tell that the dog had an abusive past because of how scared he was of them. They started calling him Scooby. Joe tried to catch him multiple times, with no success. At times, Scooby would just disappear, leaving them both worried.

When winter came along, they were still unsure of his whereabouts. When the weather started to warm up and summer rolled around, Scooby came out of hiding. When he saw them, he quickly came running.

He started to get closer to them and followed them around on their walks. In the late summer, Scooby got comfortable enough to come up to the couple’s pool outside. Once he was comfortable doing that, he started to stay closer to the house.