Welcoming a child into the world is one of the most incredible days that one could have, but there’s no reason to abandon a dog due to having a new family member.
Dogs are highly intelligent, they could understand whether a creature is a baby or an adult and respectively behave. That being said, dogs change their attitude when they see a baby, they become more delicate.
Unfortunately, Smiley had a new sibling, and so his family decided to give up on him and take him to the animal shelter.
Smiley was a big-hearted pit bull that had to face a horrible reality of living behind bars in Brooklyn, New York. He didn’t understand what had happened to his family and home, he felt so betrayed.
Then he was listed to be euthanized since he found it uncomfortable to handle. Smiley wasn’t aggressive or ill, just depressed.
A compassionate woman heard about Smiley’s story and posted on Facebook how adorable he was and that he was looking for a loving family that would never leave him.
She wrote: “I’M A GOOD BOY, I WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT NEW BABY! – PLEASE HELP ME, I DONT WANT TO DIE … By all accounts he is a just about perfect – friendly and outgoing, loves to play with his ball toys along with squeaky toys, house-trained, he knows commands sit, stay and come in SPANISH, if he pulls on the leash he will slow down when told to, no guarding issues.”
Olena Kagui saw the miserable pup’s face on Facebook, and she couldn’t just scroll down and skip his sad eyes, she had to read it. When she noticed that no one commented she started crying and tried to convince her husband to at least foster him.
Pound Hounds Res-Q rescue group was trying to rescue him and looked for a foster family. Kagui and her husband were the perfect ones to foster him.
When they took him in he was a bit confused, he was shy and quiet. He knew common courtesy such as not jumping onto the couch, but it was clear that he didn’t trust people, he didn’t even look at them at the beginning.
It took time until Smiley started to gain some confidence and trust his foster parents. After a few days of coping, he started to open up and be more social.
After a while, Kagui and her husband had no doubt that they were going to keep him, they had completely fallen in love with him.
She was hoping to raise awareness and influence others to foster or adopt shelter dogs by posting this: “Smiley is proof that all shelter dogs deserve a second chance and even if they have issues at the shelter, they might be completely fine outside of a stressful environment!”
Want to help rescue groups as well? Please contact your local rescue group or dog shelter to donate or volunteer.