(gentle music) – When I saw the picture of Homer, I knew that I had to do something. And, I don’t always get this personal, because I really try to
keep it about the dogs. But recently, our family
has gone through tragedy. More importantly, my wife and her family, because my wife lost her
little brother, unexpectedly. And so, when you see a picture of Homer, and everything he’s been through, you wanna help because there’s pain. In my experience, giving back, especially with a dog, can help heal. If you’ve ever felt that way, if you’ve been in pain,
and you wanna help a dog, or something in your
heart is just telling you, that you have to go help, you can do that. You don’t have to wait. You can volunteer, you
can foster, you can adopt. The thing to do is just to get started. So, come along with me on this journey. We’re gonna go meet Homer,
we’re gonna see if we can help, and let’s go meet Homer. Right now, we’re in Tehachapi, California, at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. (dogs panting eagerly) (dogs barking excitedly) – Okay, so, that talkative
bunch, right there, is a group of seniors
at Camp Golden Years. I’m gonna tell you more
about that, but first, let’s go meet up with
my friend, Joel Rockey. I’m excited. – Absolutely. (soft music) – You run the Camp Golden Years. – Yeah. – So, tell people what
Camp Golden Years is. It’s really cool.
(laughs) – Yeah, I am the Drool
Sergeant at Camp Golden Years, and it’s my job to keep
the old dogs in order, make sure that they’re up
to par on their training. All the dogs back there, right now, are looking for homes. – So, can we see Camp Golden Years? – I think I’ll allow that. – Okay, all right. Let’s go check it out, Drill Sergeant. – It’s normally pretty top secret. – Right. – Today, I’ll allow it. – Oh, my goodness.
(dogs barking) (cheerful music) – It’s like a floodgate
when you get through here, so make sure you’re… – Hi, I should have brought treats. What was I thinking? – Absolutely. – Oh, hi, hi.
(laughs) So, what’s your average age, here? – I would say, probably
average is about eight. Essentially, the program started just to be another way
to continue service. When I got out of the
military, and I was like, “I need to keep doing something of value.” – Yeah. – And, I had an old dog that I rescued, and I was like, “This is it.” – What is this? – Well, when you first come in here, you gotta make sure you’re armed, because old dogs are no joke around the front lines of fun
here at Camp Golden Years. – Okay. (laughs) – So, you got some tennis balls. – Okay, naturally. – You got some treat grenades, right here. – Fire a couple of these off? – Oh, yeah, absolutely. – All right, let’s take them over there– – The thing is, is since they’re old dogs, very few of them will run towards them. (energetic music) – Who is this, right here? – Oh, this is Macgruber. – Macgruber is ready. Okay, here we go. – All right, Macgruber. All right. – All right. – Three, two… – [Both] Two, one. – Oh! (laughs) – Yeah!
(laughs) (upbeat music) (ball guns popping) (cheering) (audience applause) – Macruber, good boy. – These are for him.
(laughs) – Macgruber, you didn’t
bring the right one back. Neither of us shot that one off. – All right.
– All right, come on, Rocky. Let’s do it.
– All right. – Let’s do it.
– 89– – All the way down, all the way down. – 97– – No, that doesn’t count. Come on, come on. Let’s do it. – Oh, this Drill Sergeant- – Ya gotta kiss the dog, kiss the dog. Come on, kiss the dog! – Camp Golden Years–
– Let’s go, let’s go! – is a lot more difficult than I thought. – Let’s go!
(laughs) – All right, all right. – This is Bubs, and Bubs has
his Drill Sergeant bib on. – Drool Sergeant. – Oh, Drool Sergeant. (laughs) – Drool Sergeant. – Drool Sergeant.
– Yeah, that’s right. – Oh, my God, I love this. I really appreciate you sharing all about Camp Golden Years, your story, and I would love, if we could, to try and walk Homer, and
see if he’ll walk, or see– – I think he’ll take to ya. – Okay.
– Let’s hope. – Let’s try, let’s try. Okay. – Let’s do it. (gentle music) – There he is. – So, normally, when you meet a dog, especially in a shelter, like your first reaction is to go up, and you wanna put your
fingers in the kennel… First, don’t do that.
(laughs) – For sure.
– Yeah. But you wanna go up, and you wanna make a
connection with a dog. With a dog who’s been feral, that is likely the last
thing you wanna do, because it just creates fear. You don’t wanna make eye contact, you just wanna pull back. So, that’s why Joel and myself are kinda standing back, right now, and not putting a lot of pressure. – To allow him to be more curious is best. – Yeah, but we’re here
for Homer, right now. Tell me the story, from the beginning.
– All right, well– – How’d you find him? – He had, what looked to be
barbed wire wrapped around him. The whole neighborhood’s
trying to get this dog– – For weeks. – For weeks, in fact, he was
probably out there for months. – But he was terrified, obviously any dog trapped
– Yeah, yeah. is gonna be terrified, but more so him, because he’s also at that point, this was getting tighter and tighter. – It was painful. – Yeah, it was cinching
down around his waist, and it was embedded into his skin. He was bloody, and just it was terrible. – I think that’s the part
that just breaks my heart, because a lot of times
in these situations, dogs are fearful, and so
they’re scared of humans. They don’t wanna be around humans. He likely has been mistreated, and so he’s already concerned with humans. – For sure. – Now, he has pain. So, there’s pain and fear,
and anytime he’s scared, and he runs, it digs that pain into him, and it’s just a double whammy. – Yeah, like, what are you gonna do? If you were in the same situation, if you were terrified of something, like he’s terrified of humans, but the only thing that can help you is something you’re terrified of– – Yeah. Yeah. Like, yeah, he’s not
gonna come up to anybody. – No. – It’s just a really
unfortunate situation. You can tell, you can see
he’s just a little nervous. ♪ Every road that we know
how to take is lost ♪ ♪ We’ve worn out the mystery ♪ ♪ Every answer that’s
harder to face, trust ♪ ♪ Trust to be good for me ♪ ♪ Every time that we’ve fallen ♪ ♪ I know, now ♪ – [Rocky Voiceover] Homer is
scared, and rightfully so. He has no reasons to trust humans, and so it’s gonna be a journey. It could take weeks and months, even, to show him that he can trust, again. And, I know he wants to. There’s a curiosity in his eyes. See, right there, it
looks like he’s smiling, but having worked with dogs
that have gone feral, before, he’s actually really stressed. That panting is stress. His eyes, pupils are dilated. His face is really tight, he’s worried. So, I just wanted to sit with him, and just slowly get a little bit closer, so that he knows it’s going to be okay. ♪ Looking into my heart ♪ ♪ Saw it right from the start ♪ ♪ It was drawn to you ♪ ♪ Never could I imagine
who you really are ♪ ♪ Now look at my battle scars ♪ ♪ You love me like you’re
struggling to hold back ♪ ♪ You wonder why we never left ♪ ♪ You love me like you… ♪ – Oh, my heart. Can we foster him? – Yeah, it’s gonna be a lot of work, but I think he deserves it. And, you know, the good thing
is we have the patience, and because we’ve gone
through a journey like this with Blossom, a hoarding dog where, it took us six months. So, we can give him as
much time as he needs, so. And I think Flip will love him. (laughs) – Is that a yes? – Yeah.
(laughs) – Yes. Okay, buddy. You’re coming home with us. We’re gonna start this new, new chapter. You know what, dude? Huge thank you to you, obviously. You saved his life. – Well, yeah, I mean. You know, you gotta do what you gotta do, and I’m glad you guys are stepping in. It’s teamwork. – It really is teamwork. – To be honest with you, he needs a lot more than
what I could give him, right now, ’cause I got all the old farts in the back.
(laughs) And, he does need that
relationship with you guys, so. – Okay, so here’s what
I need from all of you. I need you to leave a comment, down below of love and support, and I will make sure that I read all of
those comments to Homer. He will feel that love. So, I’ll read every
single one of them, too. So, leave a comment down below for Homer, and hit that like button for Homer, and let’s go on this journey, together. – [Rocky Voiceover] Going
on this journey with Homer isn’t going to be easy. It’ll be long nights, he
needs to be potty trained, he’s gotta have a surgery,
maybe multiple surgeries. It’s gonna require a lot of patience. I’m gonna need support from all of you, I’m gonna need my wife’s
help, it’s a team effort. But, if there’s one
thing that I’ve learned from going on these journeys with dogs, is that usually, when you’re
hurt and you’re in pain, and you reach out to help
others, the healing can begin. So, what I’m hoping is that this journey will also help my wife
in the healing process. And, I want you to know that if you’re watching this,
and you’re hurting, you can come along on
this journey, as well. Homer, here’s to you, buddy. I know this is scary, but I promise you, you will never be tied up, again. You will never be tortured,
neglected, or left behind. From this point on, you will be loved. ♪ You love me like you’re
walking on the moon ♪ ♪ But you swear you’ll be back, soon ♪ ♪ Yeah, you swear you’ll be back, soon ♪