Coming from places and families that neglected them, many dogs never learn how to trust humans again. Luckily, that wasn’t the case with sweet little Otávio. Although he had a rough start early in life, he learned how to smile and how to be happy after he was adopted by loving humans.
Joice Lamas and her husband first learned of Otávio last year, and they somehow knew this sweet dog belonged with them. Soon after, the pup became permanent member of their family and their lives have changed for the better ever since. Otávio’s initial fear of being touched faded away and he now enjoys snuggling and cuddling.
Although Otávio’s vibrant personality got to shine, there was something about his eating that left his owners worried and a bit puzzled. No matter how much food they would put in his bowl, Otávio would always leave half aside.
Lamas isn’t sure why her dog does this, but she believes it has to do with all those years he spent in the hands of the neglectful owner. She assumes how Otávio wasn’t fed regularly and he was aware that his next meal would be served maybe days later, so he learned how to set some food aside. Another assumption she makes is that he does it because he probably used to share his bowl with the rest of the dogs found in that house and it turned into a habit.
“It’s sad,” Lamas said. “I always tell him, ‘It’s OK if you eat everything.’”
Otávio’s new owners are aware that he’d need some time in order to forget his traumatic past, and they are willing to make it happen as soon as possible.
“I know he will never be without anything in life — not food, not love,” Lamas said. “We try to make him as happy as possible.”
The good thing is that whatever these people are doing for Otávio, it’s working, because he’s now one happy dog who wouldn’t stop smiling.
This owner says how taking care for a rescue animal might be challenging, but it’s definitely worth it, because these creatures know how to show love and gratitude better than anyone else.
“They need patience and a lot of love, because they can take longer to adapt,” Lamas said. “But it is remarkable how love changes animals. A rescued animal is much sweeter, more grateful and affectionate than others. They’re simply incredible!”
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