Rhett is a very social puppy.
The puppy was born in a litter with six siblings. An animal rescue took the mom and her puppies in soon after they were born. Once Rhett and his siblings were weaned, they went to their foster homes.
Rhett’s mom and three of his siblings went to one home, and Rhett and his brothers Owen and Junior went to another home. Rhett was so happy to be with two of his brothers.
Unfortunately, Owen got sick soon after they arrived at their foster home. Sadly, the puppy ended up passing away. Then, Junior got sick too and had to go stay at the animal hospital. Just like that, little Rhett was all alone.
Rhett was scared and lonely without his brothers. He kept crying, and his foster mom, Mariann Wright-Feliciano, couldn’t figure out how to help him.
Then, Wright-Feliciano came up with a great idea: she put little Rhett in a sling against her chest.
“Holding him seemed to be the only way to truly make him happy,” Wright-Feliciano said. “He needed to be loved.”
The plan worked well—Rhett absolutely loved the sling. Hearing Wright-Feliciano’s heart seemed to calm him down.
“He was perfectly happy and quiet hanging out in it,” Wright-Feliciano told The Dodo. “He howls and cries when he’s alone.”
Wright-Feliciano didn’t hold Rhett all the time since she wanted him to be independent when she put him up for adoption. She would typically hold him for 10 to 15 minutes at a time before putting him down. Luckily, Rhett didn’t mind this—he just wanted to know Wright-Feliciano was there for him!
Holding Rhett also helped Wright-Feliciano—losing Owen and watching Junior get sick was incredibly hard for the dog rescuer.
“My heart can’t take losing another one,” she said. “Holding Rhett close is comforting. He’s going to be very hard to give up.”
Thankfully, Junior recovered from his illness and went back to Wright-Feliciano’s house. She and Rhett were both so happy to see him!
Wright-Feliciano shared photos of Rhett and Junior’s reunion on Facebook. It’s clear that these brothers love each other.
Once Junior was back, Rhett no longer needed the sling. He spent all his time curled up with Junior!
Both Rhett and Junior have now found their forever homes. Rhett is a sweet dog who loves affection. If you want to see more photos of Rhett, check out Don’t Bully Us Rescue’s Facebook page.
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