Brownie, a shelter dog who had seen four adoption attempts fall through at his New Mexico shelter, finally found a temporary home with the Analore family. Brownie’s first two weeks with the family marked his first experience in a home environment.
Initially, Brownie was terrified, unsure of how to navigate this new world. “He didn’t know what to do,” shared Molly Analore in an interview with The Dodo. However, the Analore family was patient, providing Brownie with a safe and loving environment to adjust.
The first few days proved to be challenging as Brownie learned the basics of being a house pet. But as days passed, and as he grew to understand that he was in a secure and caring place, Brownie began to show signs of change. Impressively, in just a few days, he learned to communicate his needs to his new family.
“Eventually he would alert me if he had to go to the bathroom,” Molly explained, “He would sit by the door and cry.”
While Molly quickly grasped Brownie’s communication patterns for routine activities, she wasn’t prepared for what happened one night. In an extraordinary turn of events, Brownie switched roles from needing help to being the helper.
Molly had been experiencing episodes of fainting and dizziness right before fostering Brownie. On one particular night, while feeling unwell, Molly noticed that Brownie seemed unusually aware of her condition.
“He’s not big on cuddling a lot, but he just jumped right on my couch, sat next to me and started cuddling me,” she recalled. Surprised but not overly concerned, Molly continued to relax with Brownie before retiring to bed.
However, Brownie, who typically maintained a certain distance, refused to leave Molly’s side. “When I went to bed, he was outside my door screaming his head off, scratching at the door and headbutting the door,” Molly recounted, “It was almost like he was trying to say, ‘Something’s wrong, let me in now.’”
Upon opening the door, Brownie immediately jumped onto her bed and placed his head on her chest. As soon as Molly’s heart rate slowed and she began to feel better, Brownie left the room.
Reflecting on the extraordinary incident, Molly admitted, “He just did it all on his own. He’s such a good boy.”
After his two-week stay with the Analore family, Brownie moved on to a Colorado shelter. However, the bond he formed with Molly was so strong that she’s hoping to adopt him permanently. “A dog like that only comes around once in a lifetime,” she mused, “The connection was so strong.”