Adopting a new pet and giving them a forever home is a noble act. It also comes with the promise that you accept any and everything about the new family member without knowing everything about their previous life. One family learned that about a dog they had rescued from a shelter through a peculiar habit he exhibited every night.
He was a perfect fit for his new family.
The family was so happy to have their new dog, and the lovable Golden Retriever reciprocated that love in every way. He played, went for walks, and cuddled endlessly and was a perfect fit for his new family. However, there was one habit the dog had that was very unusual.
Each morning their dog was in the same spot and still staring.
Every night at bedtime, the dog sat loyally perched just outside his new owners’ bedroom, staring at them. They had no idea why and figured it was just a fallout from him having to adjust to his new surroundings, and would eventually stop.
But each morning they awoke to find their dog in exactly the same spot and still staring. The dog would not sleep at all at night.
They took their new dog to the vet to see what was wrong.
Concerned at this unusual behavior, the owners took their new dog to the vet, hoping to understand whatever was behind this behavior that they had never seen in any dog before. The vet had no answers, though, and told them that their dog was 100 percent healthy, even though they could not explain the unique behavior.
Their dog was healthy. So what had happened?
Still curious, they decided to make a trip to the shelter where they had rescued their dog from. They wanted to question the shelter and learn all they could about their dog’s history prior to him becoming a member of their family. That is, if there was anything to be told. There was and it broke their hearts.
The shelter explained how the dog had come to them. It seems that one night, his previous owner sedated the dog, making him completely unconscious, and that’s how he was delivered to the shelter. When he woke up his owner was gone.
Their dog was worried he’d be abandoned again if he slept.
Upon learning of the dog’s history, the family was brought to tears. How cruel someone could 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 so badly wanted to express to their dog that he was wanted and that they would never do anything like that to him, ever.
The dog soon learned to trust and, consequently, developed the new habit of sleeping soundly throughout the night. The “forever” in forever home means exactly that — forever.