Once known as a cheerful dog named Scooter, this senior Chihuahua’s life changed upside down when his owner passed away. And the next thing he knew, he got kicked out of his forever home and found himself in the homeless animal’s shelter.
Sad Scooter had no one by his side. He missed his favorite person a lot. So, he decided to comfort himself and pulled up a blue blanket covered in stars and tucked him in.
His worried face and pointy ears visible from the blanket suggested that he found this new home a little threatening.
Staffs lost the hope of him finding a new home despite his charming beauty. They told it’s hard to find a potential adopter at this age and condition.
Jan Nageldinger, a shelter manager at the Humane Society of Branch County stated:
“Scooter was 12 years old and had an old hip injury. The Scooter might even have to live the rest of his life at the shelter. But we had the space … We never turn them away.”
But as soon as the picture of this cutie in the blanket got posted, Scooter’s life changed.
People all across the world wrote to the shelter to give a forever home for this baby. And after close inspection, the shelter decided to call Jessica Lynn Howard, Scooter’s mom. Jessica owns the other two Chihuahuas which she adopted from the shelter.
“I saw Jan’s Facebook post, along with the rest of the world. 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 photo didn’t just melt Jessica’s heart; Tim immediately gave a big YES! “Go get him,” he said.
She got into the car, the first thing in the morning. And after 3-hours of a ride, Howard finally got to see the sweet baby and immediately adopted him.
“When we arrived home Scooter met his new pack and family immediately,” Howard said. “It was amazing everyone greeted him as if he was a long lost friend of theirs; they truly acted as if he had always been here.”
Howard lives on a big farm. So, there is plenty of space for Scooter and his I billing to play and goof around. Scooter is one of the members of the pack of six dogs, and he can’t imagine a better life than this.
“We have Jax (formally known as Nemo), a Chihuahua we adopted from Branch County, Hank (formally known as Little Henry), a Chihuahua/heeler mix we also adopted from Branch County, BabyFace, another Chihuahua that belonged to my husband before we were married, and two heelers, Spur and Waylon,” Howard said.
Now, Scooter is no more the scared little pup they found. He loves to create some misery to his siblings.
“He is super funny and acts goofy. He plays around like he’s a 2-year-old sometimes,” Howard said. But he’s also “all about taking naps — with his blankie, of course. He absolutely loves my husband Tim and our son Braden. Our daughter Dalanie has a soft spot for him, too. He is beyond loved and maybe a little spoiled, too.”
His favorite time of the entire day is always the bedtime.
“When it’s bedtime … he still ‘tucks himself in,'” Howard said. “I’ve tried to tuck him in but he would rather do it himself. He has to get the covers just right. It’s really cute watching him.”
But the contact to adopt Scooter is still not over.
“The good thing that came from this story was that people from … Italy, Puerto Rico, Canada and many, many, many states across the U.S. contacted us … willing to take in Scooter. When Scooter had been adopted many of these people said that they were going to go to their local shelter and adopt a senior dog. So Scooter not only saved himself; I really believe that he saved the lives of other dogs all across the U.S. with his story.”
The now proud mommy, Howard loved the impact this cute little pup brought to the world.
“If Scooter’s story can help inspire someone to adopt or to donate to the Humane Society of Branch County or their local shelter,” Howard added, “it shows what one little senior dog can do. He moved an entire world with just a single post! That is beyond amazing.”
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