Dogs are our best friends for a reason: they’re loyal, loving, and more caring than most people. They’ll always stand by us through thick and thin, and protect us from a danger that might come our way.
Dogs will never abandon us, so we should also do the same. Adding a new member to the family is supposed to be a cause for celebration, not abandonment.
Sadly enough, some families don’t deserve to have dogs, because they don’t appreciate them or understand how marvelous they genuinely are.
One perfect example is cute poor Smiley: an adorable pit bull that was dropped off like waste at an overcrowded shelter in Brooklyn, New York.
Why did the family decide to get rid of Smiley? No, he wasn’t a bad dog; they were expecting a new baby(!).
The dog was literally betrayed by his family and was immediately placed on the “kill list”, because the shelter stated that sometimes he looks uncomfortable being handled and especially when someone is reaching out to him. Although he wasn’t labeled sick or aggressive, he was still headed towards the needle.
When it all seemed lost for cute Smiley, good people started to step into the picture. Julie Carner, a proud foster mom to Pitties, couldn’t live with herself if she didn’t do something to help poor Smiley.
Julie posted on Facebook that Smiley is a fantastic pup, who would have loved to play with a new baby if he was given a chance. She emphasized that Smiley is a good dog, friendly and outgoing, house trained, knows a few commands in Spanish, and has no guarding issues.
The post that Julie Published caught the attention of Olena Kagui, which was riding the subway with her husband at the time.
Olena is a very kind soul, so it’s hard for her to look at disturbing images. Nevertheless, she decided to look at Smiley, and something about him was different. She said it was like his sad eyes made her stop and fall in love.
Olena scrolled through the comments and didn’t see anyone volunteering to save poor Smiley. When she started crying, her husband took her phone and read her post. He said they can’t get a dog right now, just like that, no discussion whatsoever.
Olena wasn’t willing to give up and eventually convinced her husband to foster Smiley at first.
Once he agreed, she immediately reached out to a local rescue group called Hounds Res-Q, which took Smiley’s case under its wing and had been trying to rescue him from the shelter. The rescue group needed a foster home to send Smiley too, and that’s when Olena saved the day.
Smiley was neutered and then headed to his new foster home. He was really nervous and shy at first: he bearly looked at the Kaguis and seemed agitated.
It seems almost natural that Smiley would act this way, after he had such a tough time at his last family. He needed time to trust people again. After a few days, he already started to warm up to the Kaguis and showed them more affection.
Olena was excited by the change in attitude and had decided to take him out to the park, to meet some new doggy pals. He was much calmer, pulled her leash less, and loved being surrounded by other friendly dogs and people.
As soon as Smiley started to show his true colors, the Kaguis just couldn’t help themselves and instantly fell in love with the charming pup. They’ve decided to keep him.
The couple says Smiley feels like a part of the family, and that it took no time for the foster pit bull to make his way into their hearts. Olena’s husband even admitted their house would seem quite empty without him now.
Olena wanted to advocate for shelter dogs, so more people would choose to adopt a fabulous furry friend such as Smiley. So Olena posted on her Facebook that Smiley is a living proof that all shelter dogs deserve a second chance, even if they have issues at the shelter, their behavior could result from the poor conditions shelters usually offer. Outside of that stressful environment, a dog could act like an angel.