This is the heartbreaking moment a rescue dog struggled to enter its foster home because it had never been inside.
Boomer, a two-year-old terrier mix, was one of four stray dogs that lived outside a bank and was often used as a “target practice” by cruel people.
In a tear flow clip, the puppy appears confused from the front door and tentatively scratches its frame.
Only with a lot of encouragement and confirmation from Samantha Zimmer, an employee of the rescue center, can he finally cross the threshold.
Samantha, 35, invited Boomer to her Houston, Texas home after he was tragically discovered with a broken thigh bone and a pellet in his chest.
But after a life on the streets, he was initially too scared to join her as he had never set foot in a house.
The footage shows Samantha and her family luring the puppy into the house and telling him he is safe when he tries to enter.
But he eventually took the big step and has since become an internet hero after his caregiver uploaded videos of overcoming his fears on TikTok.
Samantha nursed him on February 14th and kept him in her garage for the first two weeks to get him used to the off-road life.
She and her boyfriend brought it in wearing it, but filmed it because she wanted to see if the foster pup was comfortable doing it herself.
Boomer loves nothing more than a long walk in the park and an abdominal massage, but is nervous about larger dogs as he used to be attacked on the street.
Pooch is now comfortably walking in and out and will be moving to a new care center in Wisconsin in three months to prepare for adoption.
Samantha said, “I wanted to go to go to work. My boyfriend was home so Boomer was out front enjoying the morning.
“I was curious if he would come in and wanted to film it.
“Unfortunately he wasn’t sure and it just broke my heart to see him hesitate.”
She said, “The Houston area is notorious for stray dogs.
The animal lover said that the Houston Boomer area, where people used to live, is notorious for dog shootings, with cruel locals using the strays to practice targets.
“Before freezing, I had space in my garage to hold all four dogs she showed me. So we picked up two in one day and had to come back the next day to catch boomers,” she added.
“He was too shy to come up to us.
“Neighbors in the area love to use dogs as target practice or they shoot them to get in the trash.”
Samantha added, “What is incredible to me is that Boomer lived his life invisible to everyone he met.
“A few people have fed him, but for the most part people aren’t surprised to see a stray dog. They throw away some food and go about their days.
“And now, with the help of TikTok, this once-ignored dog has captured the hearts of so many people.
“He gives hope to the other dogs who are patiently waiting for someone to take a chance on them and encourage them.
“Anyone can help a stray dog. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience.”