Adopting a stray dog can really change that dog’s whole life. When a dog comes from nothing and only knows hunger and loneliness, the smallest things can make them feel very different.
That’s what one woman learned when she brought a new dog home and saw his sweet reaction to one of the most basic things.
A woman named Susanne adopted a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix named Neville. She already had dogs at home, but when she saw Neville she knew she had to take him.
“I knew instantly that I loved him!” Susanne told The Dodo. “I queued for three hours outside the center to ensure I was the first to register my interest, and we bonded the moment we clapped eyes on each other.”
I’m bringing this adorable little chap home from the dog rescue centre tomorrow and I am slightly over-excited: pic.twitter.com/0y7LnOsU8f
— ErUpstairs (@ErUpstairs) January 22, 2018
Neville had been found as a stray dog. He was in very bad condition: he wasn’t neutered and had poor teeth. While no one knows for sure about his past, it’s obvious that he had a tough life.
It was clear that he had suffered in his past life… and some behaviors had to be untaught in his new home.
“At first, he used to compete for food and tried to feed directly from the floor or from my other dog’s bowl,” Susanne said.
End of June/beginning of July. Rob, who used to look after Ogden on Wednesdays & holidays, is beside himself with excitement! This video shows the damage she’s done trying to escape from being chained up. pic.twitter.com/3FBp6J3H28
— Liza Radley (@panistroglodyte) April 30, 2018
Neville is my rescue baby. He was found as an unclaimed stray, severely traumatised, un-neutered and with a mouthful of painful, rotting teeth. pic.twitter.com/LTpbIqMxi7
— ErUpstairs (@ErUpstairs) April 30, 2018
But everything changed when Neville realized he didn’t have to search for food for hours—in fact, he had his very own bowl to eat from.
“I had to train him to eat from a bowl, and once he caught on to it, he treasured that bowl.”
Neville loved his own bowl so much that he never let it out of his sight… and even years later, he still sleeps with it at night.
“I think he just never had one of his own and now realizes he finally has one and is guaranteed a reliable source of decent, nutritious food,” Susanne told The Dodo.
“He just seems so heartbreakingly grateful for a simple bowl. I think it represents comfort and home for him.”
My little rescue dog breaks my heart. He still can’t get over having his very own bowl. pic.twitter.com/mrlJ9cIRkb
— ErUpstairs (@ErUpstairs) August 5, 2020
Rescue dogs come from so little that they appreciate the little things we all take for granted every day.
It’s an important reminder of why you should “adopt,” not “shop.” These dogs are in desperate need of love.
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