A small mangy pup was all alone on the street. It seemed passersby felt bad for him because there was a bowl of water near him. But no one was willing to pick him up and get him the help he desperately needed. He was considered ‘ugly’ and because of his mange and other skin ailments, he smelled very bad.

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Andrea, a YouTuber that goes by Misus Yaya, came upon the sick dog. She couldn’t just leave him there. She put on gloves and introduced herself. The kind woman gave the dog a new name: Benji. Then she wrapped him up, careful not to hurt his delicate skin, and took him to the vet. It was then she got shocking news: The vet refused to treat him. He said the dog should be put down.

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But Andrea felt that was the wrong decision. She reached out to people in her community so she could get antibiotic injections. This would help treat the skin infections caused by his mange. At home, she gave him medicated baths that he didn’t really like so much. She said that when she first started out, he smelled really bad but as time went on, his infections got a little less stinky.

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Andrea rubbed coconut oil all over his skin several times a day. Coconut oil holds in moisture and also has healing properties. Plus, it made Benji smell a whole lot better.

As days went by, Benji’s hair started coming back in cute little clumps. He looked like a cartoon character! Benji also felt a lot better and his true personality made him shine!

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This is Benji a few months later. Can you believe it? He looks like a little teddy bear!

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Andrea’s quest to get Benji well paid off in spades. He’s so happy now. And Benji, Andrea and her other dog are inseparable. Benji loves to go to the beach. He especially likes exploring and running around in the sand.

He also loves his afternoon naps.

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He’s living a life of pure bliss.

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While the veterinarian was convinced that Benji wasn’t worth saving, Andrea knew better. Even though they had only just met, she was already his mother– and a mother always knows best! Watch Benji’s entire story in the video below!