Every night the dog stared at its owners for hours. When they found out what the previous owner had done to it, they started to cry.
A family recently adopted a dog from the animal shelter. They brought the animal home and showered it with affection. When the dog proved to be a gentle, cuddly companion, they knew they had made the right choice.
Every day, they took the dog for walks, played fetch in the park and even taught it how to do a few tricks. It appeared that their new four-legged family member was the perfect dog. But there was one thing about it that they found a bit strange: every night it would sit at the side of the parents’ bed and stare at them until they fell asleep. When they woke up again, the dog would be sitting there wide awake, staring at them. Although they didn’t feel like they were in any danger, it was still unsettling. After a few weeks, they realized that they had never really seen their dog sleep. It had snoozed occasionally with half-shut eyes, but they had never seen it really sleep.
The owners began to worry that the dog was sick, so they took it to the vet. But after a thorough examination, the vet couldn’t find anything wrong with it.
Although they were relieved to hear that their dog was physically healthy, they still wanted to know why it was acting so strangely. They knew they had to find out more about their dog’s past, so they went to the animal shelter where they had adopted it. When they told the workers at the animal shelter about the dog’s strange nightly behavior, they received an explanation that broke their hearts.
It turned out that the previous owner had waited until the dog was in a very deep sleep and had simply carried it away to the animal shelter in its doggy bed. The dog had slept so fitfully that it hadn’t noticed what was happening. When it woke up, it was in the shelter and never saw its owner again.
When the new owners heard this, they couldn’t hold back their tears. They rushed home and immediately took their dog’s bed and put it beside theirs. They wanted to show it that it belonged with them and always would.
From that day on, the dog slept in the parents’ room. It took a few weeks for it to really understand what the gesture had meant, but soon it was sleeping soundly, sometimes long before its owners even went to bed. And it slept better than it ever had, because it knew it had finally found a real home.