This Dog’s Heartbreaking Background

When this family found and adopted an older dog from their local shelter, they were not told anything about his background, but when they looked into his eyes knew that he deserved a second chance. After just a short time, they realized he was a perfect fit for their family.

The love that they had for their new family member seemed to be reciprocated. Their days were spent on walks, romps with the kids through the backyard, and nights cuddling on the couch. Then, the family started to notice a strange behavior. Every night the dog would follow the parents to their room, sitting beside the bed with a strange expression.

At first, they thought he needed to go out, or needed food and water. Finding no reason for his behavior, they went back to bed. Night after night, the couple would fall asleep with the dog sitting beside the bed, just staring at them. The next morning, they would wake up and he was still in the same spot. They tried pretending to be asleep, only to find that he never moved. They worried that something may be wrong with their new pup. The vet ran tests but found him to be perfectly healthy. He suggested they try to find out information on his past.

When the family contacted the shelter to find out the story on their new family member, what they found out explained everything.

The shelter told them that instead of simply bringing him to the shelter, the man gave the dog a sedative so he would go to sleep. While the dog was asleep, he transported him to the shelter.

When he woke up, instead of seeing familiar surroundings, he saw the inside of a cage. He never saw his owner again. This had obviously traumatized the poor animal. He was worried that if he went to sleep at night, his new life would disappear as well.

The family was heart-broken, but thankful that he had come into their family because of it. They purchased him a new bed, which they placed next to theirs. They were very patient with the dog, at times even laying with him on the floor beside his new dog bed. Little by little, the dog started to trust in this nighttime ritual. After several weeks, the dog was sleeping in the dog bed when they woke in the morning. They woke him with smiles and love, and after that night, he never stood guard over them again.