Shelter Dog Insists On Being Tucked In Every Night Before Bed
Pit bull Prince, age 2, was raised in a family until one day when his father decided he could no longer care for him and left him to his girlfriend. She looked after him, and when she took him for a walk she let go of his leash, causing him to run away. Until Animal Control was able to find him and rescuers from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society shelter in New York brought him in, no one knew where he was.
Prince was really anxious when he arrived at the shelter. Staff was able to get in touch with the woman, but despite her assurances that she would return to pick him up, she never did.
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s Nancy Haynes, director of behavior and enrichment, stated to The Dodo:
Even when you were quite close to his cage, he would flinch and shudder while sitting on his back. He normally resides towards the rear of his cage curled up in a ball.
Fortunately, the workers at the shelter managed to win Prince over and make him feel more at ease. They also learned that Prince enjoys being tucked in at night before everyone goes home.
“When he got up in bed and one of the staff members just wrapped a blanket around him, they realized, “Oh, he really enjoys this,” as they were cuddling with him in the kennel. He enjoys it and feels at ease.”
Since his rescuers understood this, they now alternate nights of putting Prince to bed.
“There is only one issue with him. He usually waits until someone comes over to his cage and does the rounds for him before getting on the bed, but if you accompany him, he will go to bed to be tucked in.”
In addition to this regimen, Prince enjoys socializing.
“Her absolute favorite activity is cuddling. He is driven by it. He kisses your face, groans, and growls when you scratch his butt when you enter his cage with him. He is purely happy right now.”
“He doesn’t exhibit well in his cage, so if a stranger approaches it, he may bark and become agitated. However, because he has been receiving so much one-on-one care, his responsiveness has significantly decreased.”