In September of this year, Olena Kagui happened to stumble upon one Facebook post that left her finger frozen on the phone’s screen.
The post talked about a dog that was scheduled for euthanasia at a Brooklyn, New York shelter and the Pit bull’s mournful eyes caught Kagui’s attention.
“Normally, I’d scroll past it. Not being able to rescue every dog in need makes me sad, but there’s something in his face that seized my attention,” said Kagui.
In the post, Smiley, the young pit bull was described as an “outgoing and friendly ” dog that loves playing squeaky toys and is house–trained.
Yet, the one and the only reason that he ended up in a depressing situation was that the family he has been with had a baby on the way.
“I became weepy when none of the comments mentioned that they can take him and my husband even said that, ‘We can’t have a dog now,” Kagui.
But Kagui made sure that she’d play part in the dog’s life. She was able to convince her spouse to at least take Smiley on a foster care basis.
The couple reached out to pound Hounds Res–Q, the local rescue team that initially planned on pulling out Smiley out of the shelter however unable to take immediate action because of the absence of an available foster home – and now that the spouses are in the picture, that gap has been filled.
In only a couple of days, Smiley came home to the couple although he was so nervous the first time.
He drank water and did not chew on anything but his toys – a clear manifestation that he is indeed house–trained – but refused to make eye contact and did not respond to any command or his name. On walks, there was also a lot of hard pulling
But time played a significant part, in each day, he became more relaxed and affectionate.
When Smiley was allowed to sleep inside the bedroom, he didn’t wander off at night and just stayed on his soft doggie bed, switching positions every now and then.
Weeks passed and Smiley had completely transformed the nervous dog he previously was. He’s a lot calmer on walks and had started bonding with his foster mom and dad.
On top of that, the Kagui spouses had fallen deeply in love that they’ve decided on officially adopting him.
Photo Credits to Olena Kagui via The Dodo
“Smiley already feels like a part of our family. 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.”