He finally met the one he desperately needed.
Meet the long-haired German shepherd, Floyd, who was previously a resident of the Freshfields Animal Rescue located in Liverpool, England. Floyd is the guardian of the facility, and even mentors newbies who struggle with shelter life. However, his past was never bright despite his joyous and gentle demeanor.
Before Floyd arrived at Freshfields, he lived with a couple who had eight children. In addition, he was never a house dog – he was kept in the backyard, where the kids would use him for ‘target practice’. Constant torture on a daily basis had caused Floyd to be aggressive over time, which the family thought would be resolved by simply neutering him. They ended up abandoning him at the local veterinarian’s – and that greatly relieved Floyd as he was finally safe when he was brought in to Freshfields. He was a people-loving dog, but still has protection issues whenever new people come into contact with the staff.
As his puppy-hood was a rough one, Floyd flinches whenever hands hover over him, and his trust is also extremely hard to earn. Both the staff and volunteer dog walkers assisted him in leash training, which he greatly needed.
Although Floyd became an affectionate and playful dog, adoption was tricky as he could not trust people well. Introduction sessions required a lot of time and patience, and most people did not bother to visit him repeatedly to earn his trust – they simply moved on.
Luckily for Floyd, his long-time dog walker, Louis, was the one closest to his heart – and wanted to take him home with him.
Floyd was so protective of Louis – and would never allow anyone to come in between him and his favorite human. However, Louis’ wife owns a cat – and Floyd wasn’t good with felines, either. Thus his adoption stayed on hold.
His story as a shy dog has a great happy ending. Floyd mellowed as years went by, and even accepted Louis’s wife as part of his pack. When Louis’ cat crossed the rainbow bridge, Louis decided that it was time for Floyd to join him – permanently as part of his family. At present, Floyd leads the best canine life ever – and he has even taken over Louis’s favorite armchair!