Whoever hasn’t owned a dog knows no true love and loyalty. Dogs are compassionate, affectionate and will never, ever leave your side, which unfortunately isn’t true for humans who often abandoned their pets.
An adorable pit pull was left at the shelter by his family of many years for the most bizarre reason ever, the arrival of a baby in the family. It’s a well known fact that dogs are great around little babies, they are protective and teach them responsibilities. But, this family believed the dog wasn’t welcomed any longer and didn’t want him near their newborn.
When the dog named Smiley was brought at the shelter in Brooklyn, New York, he had no idea what was going on. Completely puzzled and confused, he couldn’t even imagine his family could betray him like that. The staff put Smiley on the “kill list” because as they stated, “He has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when a person is reaching over him.”
A woman named Julie Carner was pretty concerned about the dog’s future but couldn’t take him in because she was already fostering a puppy, so she decided to share Smiley’s story on the social media where she wrote: “I’M A GOOD BOY, I WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT NEW BABY! – PLEASE HELP ME, I DONT WANT TO DIE … By all accounts he is a just about perfect – friendly and outgoing, loves to play with his ball toys along with squeaky toys, house-trained, he knows commands sit, stay and come in SPANISH, if he pulls on the leash he will slow down when told to, no guarding issues.”
The post was quickly spread and caught the attention of a woman named Olena Kagui who stumbled upon it while riding the subway. She doesn’t usually read sad news shared online but the dog’s eyes made her go through his life story. Kagui told the DoDo, “I started bawling when I saw that no one in the comments said they could take him. My husband noticed me crying, read the post and said, ‘We can’t get a dog right now.’”
Besides her husband’s initial decision, Kagui couldn’t imagine giving up on the dog so she quickly reached out the Pound Hounds Res-Q, a rescue group whose goal was to get Smiley out of the shelter. She understood that they were looking for a foster parent who would take the dog in until they find him a forever family. Kagui knew she had to step in and open the doors of her home for the lovely dog.
Smiley was neutered and then headed to his new foster home. At first, he was very nervous and shy. “He drank some water and it was … clear that he was house-trained, [and] knew not to jump on the bed or to chew anything except for his toys. But he wouldn’t settle down or look at me all day,” recalls Kagui.
Because Smiley was once abandoned by the people he loved, he was very untrustworthy and afraid. But Kagui’s dedication and love helped him learn how to socialize with people and other dogs. “He was much calmer, pulled less and loved being surrounded by dogs and people.”
The family simply fell in love with Smiley and they couldn’t imagine their life without him. “Smiley already feels like part of our family,” Kagui said. “It doesn’t take long for a foster dog to make their way into your heart. Our home would already feel empty without him here.”
“Smiley is proof that all shelter dogs deserve a second chance and even if they have issues at the shelter, they might be completely fine outside of a stressful environment!”
These dogs rarely get the chance for a better life. People are often hesitant when it comes to fostering or adopting older and abandoned dogs, but Kaqui shares her story in hopes of inspiring someone to follow her example.