For all of his life, Willie has been a homeless dog that has never known how it is to live inside a house. He has lived on the streets and was found and rescued as a stray wandering the streets. Lucky for him, he had found a foster home that was willing to teach him how it is to be loved and to love others.
On the first day that he was taken in as a foster, it was evident that he was scared and confused about living inside a house. He would stay in one place and wouldn’t move. He was afraid of doors and wouldn’t go through them.
When he had to go potty, his foster mom, Emily, would have to carry him outside. And when he was done, he refused to go inside on his own. He would just sit by the door, looking sad and forlorn. Once again, he had to be carried to go through the door.
And it wasn’t just that. He was scared of the stairs and hated the wooden floors. He probably didn’t like the texture so he would mostly stay in the area rugs.
It was pretty clear that they had a lot of work ahead of them.
One of the things that greatly helped Willie overcome his fears was Emily’s dog, Carlo. Although the black pit bull wasn’t particularly fond of Willie, or any other dog for that matter, he eventually became the support that the former stray needed.
For the first month, Carlo was wary about the new dog in their home. He was more of a laid-back dog, while Willie was more energetic and playful. But then one day, things all changed when all of them went to the pet store. Suddenly, the dogs started playing with each other.
From that point on, the two became best friends. Willie became more confident about his surroundings and would try to emulate whatever his foster brother did. This removed all his fears and became comfortable living inside a house. And Carlo became more receptive to dogs too.
Emily noticed that Carlo became more open with other pups. She credits Willie for that.
And because Willie has now learned how to be a dog, it was time for him to get his new family. After several meet and greets, a middle-aged couple who lives 10 minutes from them adopted Willie.
He now lives in a happy home that has a fenced-in yard where he could play. And because of the short distance, Carlo can visit him every time.
Source: The Dodo via Youtube