Lost Dog Smiles For The First Time When Dad Finally Finds Him

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lost dog smiles first time dad

Puppies are sometimes very reserved and shy, and only show their confidence when they are with their loved ones. For more than six months, staff and volunteers at the Washington-Johnson City County Animal Shelter have been doing their best to allow a dog named Roscoe to show his true personality.

No matter how many treats or cuddles they gave him, the brown and white dog never smiled, wagged his tail, and never let his guard down.

Tammy Davis, director of the shelter, told The Dodo:

The whole time he was here he was very shy, very reserved… it was like he had no personality. He wasn’t acting like a dog.

Stray dog ​​smiles when he sees daddy

lost dog smiles first time dad

For several years, Roscoe lived on the cold streets depending on the food that the good-hearted people of a neighborhood provided him with. Luckily, someone called to report a homeless dog straying around the neighborhood, so Roscoe made his way to the shelter.

lost dog smiles first time dad

Roscoe was very apathetic and kept away from people; he seemed very warned.

Tammy said:

He didn’t want us to comfort him, he didn’t want us to touch him, it was like he just existed. There was no excitement or enthusiasm no matter what we did.

lost dog smiles first time dad

The shelter staff did their best to gain Roscoe’s trust, but nothing seemed to work, so they gave up trying. Eventually the staff decided it was time to post it on their Facebook page, and this little act changed her life forever.

lost dog smiles first time dad

Tammy commented:

We all cared about him and we were just trying to work with him and make him more comfortable. Because of COVID, we use our social media and think, what the hell? While this isn’t the most outgoing dog and might be difficult for someone to adopt, we’ll post it and be honest.

lost dog smiles first time dad

As soon as the post was published, a message popped up saying, “I think he’s my dog ​​and he’s been missing for three years.

lost dog smiles first time dad

Tammy didn’t believe in the possibility, but after the man sent in a photo of Roscoe with his hallmarks, she changed her mind. So Tammy set a time for the man to visit the shelter and meet Roscoe to see if he would recognize him.

lost dog smiles first time dad

When the man arrived at the shelter and met the adorable Roscoe, something amazing happened, it was as if they had activated the puppy’s happiness.

Tammy said:

The rest of us stepped back and let the gentleman be there with Roscoe, it was just amazing. Something clicked and he said, “This is my person, this is my father.

lost dog smiles first time dad

During the six months that the dog was in the shelter, they never saw him wag his tail, never saw him jump, nor could they pet him. So it was obvious that the scene proved that this man was his family and that it only took Roscoe a few minutes to figure it out.

lost dog smiles first time dad

For all of the shelter staff, seeing the lost dog smile for the first time was truly gratifying and quite moving.

Tammy added:

Seeing this dog who had no personality and who was very sad become a happy dog ​​encourages us to say, okay, this is what we need to give us strength and keep moving forward.

lost dog smiles first time dad

A very moving story that shows how important we are to our pets, and also reveals the important work that shelters do.

lost dog smiles first time dad

If you would like to help other dogs like Roscoe, you can donate to the Washington-Johnson City County Animal Shelter.

Images: Facebook / Washington County, TN Animal Shelter

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