The life of an elderly Chihuahua changed dramatically after his owner passed away. Like so many others on the street, he suddenly found himself completely alone and sleeping in a homeless animal shelter.
So he found comfort the only way he knew how. He hid under the blanket and cried himself to sleep.
Since his owner was no longer there to tuck him safely into bed at night, he took it upon himself to do the task. Every night before going to bed, Scooter pulled the covers over his head.
No matter how cute it may have looked to the casual observer, the fear and worry on his face always remained.
The Branch County Humane Society staff could see what a good, sweet boy he was, but they had their own misgivings and weren’t sure the older dog would draw much attention from potential owners.
Ian Nageldinger, manager of the Michigan No-Kill Shelter, said she thought at one point that Scooter might end up spending the rest of his days at the shelter.
“But we had the space … We never turn them away.”
However, after the shelter shared a photo of Scooter laying under her cover, her life suddenly took a new trajectory.
Suddenly, everyone wanted to give the pup a home. But, Jessica Lynn Howard, who had previously adopted two other Chihuahuas from the shelter, was the lucky one to be able to take the adorable doggy home.
“I saw Jan’s Facebook post, along with the rest of the world,” Jessica told. “My husband Tim and I were lying in bed and it … brought me to tears. Without hesitation, I showed Tim and I said, ‘I have to go get him.’”
Not only does Scooter get a new home, but he also gets new friends.
Jan and Tim live on a farm and they have 5 other dogs aside from Scooter. He is so much happier now that he can spend the rest of his days in the great outdoors.
Although his personality has changed for the better, some things remain the same. Apparently, Scooter is very attached to his regular bedtime routine.
“When it’s bedtime … he still tucks himself in. I’ve tried to tuck him in but he would rather do it himself. He has to get the covers just right. It’s really cute watching him.” Jessica said.
If an older dog like Scooter can move the world with just one stand, imagine what else it can do for other animals looking for a home!