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Mother Dog Tries Her Best To Comfort Son Who Is Scared At Busy Shelter

“They’re inseparable … he leans into her, and tucks his head underneath hers”

Dino was terrified of everything he saw, heard, and smelled at the shelter — thankfully, he was in the same kennel as his mother, Sookie. He nuzzled into her, and seemed extremely comforted by her presence.”They’re inseparable,” Paws Crossed Dog Rescue director Edi Kelley told The Dodo. “It’s a very sweet relationship that is also very dependent.”

Dino and Sookie were picked up as strays in Monroeville, Alabama, earlier this month and taken to a busy county shelter. “People saw the dogs running around,” Kelley explained. “They were starving to ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, and some people claimed to be afraid of them, which makes no sense to me, so animal control arrived and took them to the shelter.”

Based on Dino’s behavior, the shelter staff assumed the pair were mother and son.”He’s much younger, and he acts like a dog who is a child, not like a dog who is a mate,” Kelley explained. “He leans in and tucks his head beneath hers.” He can’t take his eyes off her, and he has to be touching her. He is very stressed if he is not physically touching her in some way.”

They also noticed that Sookie was pregnant and about to give birth to her puppies. As the staff prepared to close the shelter each night, Dino and Sookie would have to be separated for safety reasons. Dino, on the other hand, found it unbearable. “The young male dog howls and cries — it’s terrible,” Kelley explained. “He exhausts himself for hours on end.” He becomes completely calm and relaxed as soon as they reunite in the morning. He prefers to be by her side and dislikes being separated from her.”

Dino is generally afraid of people, whereas his mother enjoys receiving attention, which likely makes Dino even more reliant on his mother. “The mother dog is very socialized, so she’s had contact with people somewhere along the line,” Kelley explained. “She enjoys being pet and wags her tail. Dino is extremely wary of people. He does not show aggression, nor does he growl or bear his teeth, but whenever someone approaches him, he hides under her. And he hasn’t been touched much — when you go to pet him, he recoils as if he’ll be hit.”

Sookie and Dino were moved to a Paws Crossed Dog Rescue network foster home over the weekend, and Sookie finally had her puppies — ten of them. “She’s doing fine,” Kelley stated. “The brother wants to join her in the cage, but she growls at him now that the pups are in there, so he is crated right next to her.”

Dino, Sookie, and the puppies will be cared for by the foster caregiver until the puppies are about 4 weeks old. The rescue organization will then begin looking for homes for all of them. Everyone hopes Dino and Sookie can find a home together. “We always try to maintain close relationships,” Kelley said.

Before the dogs are placed in their forever homes, the foster carer will work with Dino to help him become more accustomed to people, which is an important step in Dino’s adoption. “They’ll really work with him to bring out his personality and show him that people aren’t dangerous,” Kelley said