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Senior chihuahua at shelter tucks himself in bed just like his late owner used to do
The internet was so moved by Scooter's special routine at the shelter, there were thousands of people lined up to adopt him.
Jenny Brown
12.29.21

If anyone has ever said that dogs or other pets don’t have feelings…this is a story that needs to be read.

Losing our loved ones is devastating, knowing that we couldn’t do the same things we used to do with them anymore. Naturally, we get sad when our pets pass away, we would even cry all day and night, thinking about the times we shared with that pet. Even moving on would take a lot of time.

But that doesn’t mean that pets wouldn’t cry for us too.

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Our pets are capable of feeling emotions like happiness and sadness. Thus, when they find out that we’re gone, they would feel sad. Dogs would even whimper out loud even though his owner was just gone for only a few seconds. If we pass away, then they would also mourn the same way as us if it’s the other way around.

This shelter dog did the same as soon as his owner passed away.

Humane Society of Branch County
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Humane Society of Branch County

This senior chihuahua named Scooter once belonged to a loving owner. However, when his owner passed away, everything changed for him. He has spent more than a decade with his previous owner, but he was hit by a massive shock when he knew that his owner is permanently gone.

Scooter had a routine that they did before sleep.

Humane Society of Branch County
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Humane Society of Branch County

Spending such a long time together with his owner, you know that they have special activities and routines that only both of them know. For Scooter, it is for his owner to tuck him to sleep with his cherished star blanket.

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Humane Society of Branch County

He always had a good night’s sleep with it, knowing that his owner was always there to keep him safe all the time. Sadly, he’s left all alone at the shelter this time.

However, Scooter still remembered this special thing that they used to do.

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Humane Society of Branch County

Even in the shelter, Scooter has kept with him his special star blanket. Only this time, he uses it to comfort himself by tucking himself inside his blanket.

The most heartbreaking thing is, he cries while he’s inside it. He clearly misses his owner, but the only thing he could do now is to cherish the usual memory he had with his owner.

The shelter was once doubtful about him being adopted.

Humane Society of Branch County
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Humane Society of Branch County

Since Scooter’s already 12 years old, the Humane Society of Branch County, a no-kill shelter in Michigan, was doubtful that people would take interest in him. However, when they saw this special moment of him crying himself to sleep, they thought that this will encourage people in giving him a chance to live the rest of his life in a proper home.

Jan Nageldinger, manager of the shelter, shared the photograph online, and as expected, thousands of people teared up because of his story.

One of them was an adopter of two chihuahuas.

Humane Society of Branch County
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Humane Society of Branch County

Jessica Lynn Howard was one of the people who offered her hand to give the pooch his well-deserved home.

“I saw Jan’s Facebook post, along with the rest of the world,” Jessica told The Dodo. “My husband Tim and I were lying in bed and it … brought me to tears. Without hesitation, I showed Tim and I said, ‘I have to go get him.'”

The next morning, they were already driving to get him.

Humane Society of Branch County
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Humane Society of Branch County

After driving for a couple of hours, they finally got to meet the senior dog that tugged their hearts.

They took him home and introduced him to the rest of the Chihuahua family. Scooter immediately felt welcome, and after a few days, he’s already playing with his brothers and sisters, Jax, Hank, BabyFace, Spur, and Waylon. He’s now living the best life with Jessica, Tim, and the rest of the family.

“It shows what one little senior dog can do. He moved an entire world with just a single post! That is beyond amazing,” Jessica said.

Even though this story has a heartbreaking side, I think we can all agree that it most certainly has a happy ending and we can’t be happier for Scooter and his new family.

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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