Prince Pitbull has not had an easy life.
A 2-year-old dog spent its starting years of life with one of his owners.
But then, his owner couldn’t take care of the Prince anymore, and he went to live with his owner’s girlfriend. When one day they went for a walk, the Prince slipped off the leash and ran away. Later, the dog was rescued by Animal control Shelter and brought him to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
The shelter staff was thrilled when they found contact details for Prince’s owner’s girlfriend, and they thought they would get to reunite the lost dog with their loving owner. She said she would come and get Prince, but weeks and months passed, and she never came to pick the dog from the shelter.
It was clear that the Prince’s former owners had abandoned him, and the Prince seemed to realize it, too. The affected dog was afraid around people, and he wouldn’t allow the shelter staff comes near him or his kennel.
“He took a hard time to warm up to us,” Nancy Haynes, director of behavior and enrichment at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society,
“Even when you neared his kennel, he would sit in the back and cower and shake. You would normally find him curled up in a ball at the back of his kennel.”
The dog also became nervous when people approached his kennel. He barked at them or cringed, and because of that, the orphanage had a hard time finding potential adopters for him.
The shelter staff wanted to help the Prince feel more comfortable in the shelter, but they weren’t sure how to do it. Eventually, Prince started warming up to the staff, but he was still a little scared around them.
And then, one of the staff found the key to the Prince’s heart: he likes to be tucked into bed at night!
Staff discovered the secret when one of the team members cuddled with the Prince one night. The Prince was jumping on the bed, and a staff member put a blanket around him. The Prince really enjoyed all this!
“Snuggles are his absolute ideal thing,” Haynes said. “He lives for that.”
Now the staff take turns to put the Prince to bed every night. The Prince’s tail always starts wagging when he sees the staff put a blanket on its bed.
“It’s just become a matter with him,” Haynes said. “He normally doesn’t get onto his bed till somebody does their rounds and approaches his kennel … but if you go in the kennel with him, he’ll go on the bed to get tucked in.”
Now that he gets so much one-on-one time, Prince has become much less scared around people. He doesn’t bark on people who approach his kennel, and he loves snuggling! Staff at the shelter hope they can find the perfect home for the Prince soon.
“It’s comparatively easy,” Haines said. “He walks well on a leash. He’s clever. He trains very easily. He’s active, but not too energetic. So he will be a really great partner for someone.”
The Prince had a problematic past, but now the sweet dog is ready for his new but eternal home! If you want to see Prince’s adorable night routine, check out the video below.
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