Adopting a pet isn’t always straightforward.
The animals that need loving homes often come from terrible situations, and the new owners must be willing to deal with the scars.
Sadly, dogs often suffer from physical and emotional trauma when they’re first brought to shelters.
Furthermore, it’s always tough when an animal first arrives at his or her new home. It takes some time for the adopted pet to settle in.
One family learned all this very quickly when they adopted a beautiful new dog.
On the surface, everything seemed fine: The new pet loved his home and owners and he didn’t appear to be dealing with any underlying issues.
But for some reason, whenever they’d wake up at night, they’d notice the dog sitting by the bed, staring at them.
He kept doing it and they just couldn’t figure out why.
They took him to the vet for a checkup but the doctor said there was absolutely nothing wrong with their new pup.
So what was it?
The couple decided to ask the shelter from which they’d adopted their new friend, and that’s when they learned the heartbreaking truth:
The previous owner had sedated the dog, waited for him to fall asleep, then drove him to the shelter and left him there all alone.
When the poor animal woke up, he didn’t know where he was and his owner was gone. The epitome of abandonment.
When the dog’s new family heard this, their hearts broke. They knew they had to do something.
They decided to put the pet’s bed directly next to theirs and you know, it worked.
The happy pup started to sleep and didn’t constantly watch the couple, worried they’d drug him and leave him somewhere.
See, when you adopt, you should ask questions, so you can get a better idea of how to properly care for your new friend.
Sometimes, it takes a little patience and ingenuity. 🙂