After Dustin Oliver got a tip about an abandoned dog, he arrived to find this: a pit bull curled up on a mattress, waiting for owners that weren't coming back.
A neighbor told Oliver the dog's family had left a month ago, but their belongings were put on the curb last week. They came back to pick up some items, but the dog — who Oliver named Boo — stayed behind.
He ended up staying with Boo until 1 a.m. that night, just talking to him, trying to get closer.
He came back the next morning with breakfast — two sausage McMuffins and two hash browns.
Boo gobbled them up.
Finally, later that afternoon, Oliver managed to get a leash around Boo. They then sat for another 45 minutes, hanging out and chatting.
"We just had a conversation, me and Boo. I told him how this is going to go, how he’ll never be hurt again," Oliver said.
Then it was off to the vet to get Boo a checkup.
While all this was going on, Boo's story was going viral. Thousands of people had shared that first photo of him on the mattress, and already offers to adopt Boo were pouring in.
People also started sending in donations, which was good news for Boo, since it turns out he has stage-two heartworm.
And those hours and hours on that curb paid off. As soon as Boo heard Oliver's voice he ran over for a hug.
"He’s had a great transformation," said Oliver. "He is a traditional American pit bull terrier that it very trusting, loving, forgiving, and slightly coming out of his shell."
Boo will live with a foster family while he's being treated for heartworm. Once he's better, Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue will find him a local forever home.