Sometimes dogs are just like babies. They need a lot of affection from adults. Because this makes them fell loved. It’s also the case of this cute 2-year-old pit bull.
When Prince first arrived at the shelter run by Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in New York, he was a shivering, shaking ball of nerves..
He used to belong to someone, but when his owner could no longer take care of him, Prince went to live with his owner’s girlfriend. But this didn’t last long, either. One day, while the girlfriend was walking Prince, he just slipped his leash and ran away, and no one knew where he was until animal control picked him up and took him to the shelter in April.
After many tries, the shelter staff finally managed to get in touch with the girlfriend, and she originally said she’d pick up Prince and take him home with her again. But she never showed up, and Prince has remained at the shelter ever since. Maybe because of his past, or because he he was finding it hard to adjust to the shelter. Whatever it was this dog seemed scared all the time.
“He took a long time to warm up to us,” Nancy Haynes, director of behavior and enrichment at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, said. “Even when you approached his kennel, he would sit in the back and cower and shake. You would usually find him curled up in a ball at the back of his kennel.”
Eventually, the staff realized what makes Prince to feel far more comfortable in the shelter. He just loves being tucked in at night!
“One of the staff members was just snuggling with him in the kennel … and he got up on the bed and a staff member just tucked a blanket around him, and kind of realized, ‘Oh, he really likes this. It makes him feel comfortable,’” Haynes said.
Soon they realized what makes him happy, everyone from the shelter was taking turns tucking Prince in at night.
“It’s just become a thing with him,” Haynes said. “He usually doesn’t get onto his bed until somebody does their rounds and approaches his kennel … but if you go into the kennel with him, he’ll go onto the bed to get tucked in.”
Beside bedtime routine, Prince also adores to spend time with people. “Snuggles are his absolute favorite thing,” Haynes said. “He lives for that. When you go into his kennel with him, he’s licking your face, he’s moaning and grunting when you scratch his butt. It’s just pure happiness for him.”
Here’s his special routine:
Anyway, from nobody know what kind of reason, Prince hasn’t managed to find a new home.
“He doesn’t show well in his kennel, so if somebody that he doesn’t know approaches his kennel, he can bark and be reactive,” Haynes said. “But since he’s been getting so much one-on-one attention, his reactivity has decreased tremendously.”
Now that Prince is gaining confidence, the shelter staffers hope he’ll get his big break soon and find the perfect family. The best home for Prince would be one with no other dogs, Haynes said.
“He’s relatively easy,” Haynes said. “He walks nicely on a leash. He’s smart. He’s very easily trained. He’s energetic, but not too high-energy. So he would make a really great companion for somebody.”
If you’re interested in adopting Prince, you can contact Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.