Adopting a new pet and giving it a forever home is a noble act. It also comes with the promise of accepting everything related to the new family member without knowing everything about their previous life. One family learned this from a dog they had rescued from a shelter, through a peculiar habit that it exhibited every night.
It was the perfect match for his new family.
The family was so happy to have their new dog, and the adorable Golden Retriever reciprocated that love in every way. He played, he went for a walk, he huddled endlessly. It was the perfect match for his new family. However, the dog had a habit that was very unusual.
Every morning his dog was in the same place and still looking.
Every night before going to bed, the dog loyally sat outside his new owners’ room, watching them. They had no idea why he was doing it and they thought it was just a consequence of having to adjust to his new environment, and that he would eventually stop.
But every morning they woke up to find their dog in exactly the same place and still looking. The dog did not sleep all night.
They took him to the vet to see what was wrong.
Concerned about this unusual behavior, the owners took their new dog to the vet, hoping to understand what was behind this behavior that they had never seen in any dog before. The vet did not have an answer, however, he told them that their dog was 100 percent healthy, even though he could not explain the unusual behavior.
The dog was healthy. So what happened?
Still curious, they decided to go to the shelter where they had rescued their dog. They wanted to know as much as possible about their dog’s history. They wanted to know if there was anything that could be said about their behavior. There was, and it broke their hearts.
The shelter explained how the dog had gotten to them. It appears that one night, his previous owner had sedated the dog, rendering him completely unconscious, and that is how he delivered him to the shelter. When the dog woke up, he found that his owner was gone.
The dog was afraid that they would be abandoned again if he fell asleep.
When they learned about the dog’s story, the family couldn’t help crying. How cruel could someone be to have done such a thing? But they also had the answer they were looking for. When they returned home, they immediately placed the dog’s bed right next to their own. They wanted to express to their dog that they loved him and that they would never do something like this to him in their lives.
The dog soon learned to trust and consequently developed the new habit of getting a good night’s sleep.