Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Pets Feed
Bean, a dog who lived in a shelter for a long time, is used to receiving love. During his 10-year stay at the Animal Refuge Center (ARC), his days were filled with adventures and dedicated caregivers. Whether it was running in the park or cooling off with his friends in one of the shelter’s many pools, Bean’s life did not reflect that of a typical shelter dog.
“Her life was not about individual, family love,” Michelle Wilson, an adoption counselor at ARC, told The Dodo. “But she definitely received love from the caretakers and all the volunteers.” In Bean’s eyes, life at the shelter was already great. But every time she saw one of her friends leaving for good with a new family, she wondered if it could be even better.
Shelter staff hoped the dog would one day find the perfect home, but they knew it would be a long and possibly arduous process. Bean was a shy pet, and it usually took him a long time to open up. Fortunately, almost a decade after arriving, the right person came along. The man, named Larry, immediately fell in love with the puppy and applied for adoption.
Bean’s friends at the shelter were excited to hear that someone was interested in her, but worried about how long it would take for the dog to trust Larry. “Bean wouldn’t be a ‘come in, meet the dog and take him home’ type situation. She would be a bitch that someone would have to come back to over time to get to know her better,” Wilson said. “I explained all this to Larry and he said, ‘Whatever it takes. »
Conquer little by little
Larry visited him every day for over four weeks, slowly gaining Bean’s trust. “He would sit outside the kennel and give her treats every once in a while,” Wilson said. “Finally, he walked Bean and our dog trainer.” With Bean and Larry walking side by side for the first time, the sweet girl was finally getting the happily ever after she deserved.
The ARC team couldn’t be happier for Bean, but the day they said goodbye left everyone in a pool of tears. “The owners here all love the dogs,” Wilson said. “I saw them cry when the dogs came home – partly tears of joy, partly tears of sadness. Many of those tears fell the day Bean left.
Her departure may have been emotional for those who cared for her, but Bean was overjoyed. Since Bean was adopted, ARC has received several updates – all confirming that this was in fact the perfect match they were hoping for.
Now the dog is living the life of a single dog in a loving home, being the center of attention and enjoying every minute. “She seems very happy and is doing very well,” Wilson said. “It almost looks like she has a smile on her face in every photo.”
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