It was Brownie’s first time ever being in a household when he spent two weeks in foster care with the Analores.
Initially, Molly Analore told The Dodo, “He was afraid.” He was at a loss for what to do.
Brownie had a second shot at a Colorado shelter after four adoptions there had failed. But in order to wait for transportation, he needed a temporary somewhere to stay. Analore and her family filled that requirement.
The first few days were difficult as Brownie learned the ins and outs of being house-trained. But once he realized that he was safe and surrounded by love, something in the pup started to change. Within just a few days, Brownie learned how to communicate his needs with his new family.
“Eventually he would alert me if he had to go to the bathroom,” Analore said. “He would sit by the door and cry.”
Analore quickly picked up on Brownie’s communication methods for everyday activities, but one night, he did something completely out of the ordinary. Instead of alerting his new mom that he needed help, the intuitive pup tried to tell her that she needed help herself.
Before fostering Brownie, Analore started having episodes of lightheadedness and fainting. Analore began to feel ill on one of her evenings with Brownie, and the devoted dog noticed it immediately away.
He doesn’t do much snuggling, but Analore stated, “He simply hopped up on my couch, sat next to me, and started cuddling me.” I initially thought, “That’s a little unusual,” but after that, I stopped thinking about it.
Analore held Brownie for a bit before opting to rest down in bed because she was still feeling under the weather. Brownie, who typically maintained a certain amount of distance, would not allow Analore leave his sight.
“When I went to bed, he was outside my door screaming his head off, scratching at the door and headbutting the door,” Analore said. “That wasn’t normal for him. It was almost like he was trying to say, ‘Something’s wrong, let me in now.’”
Analore quickly got up from bed, confused by his behavior, and let her attentive foster pup in the bedroom.
“He jumped right on my bed, sat next to me with his head on my chest, then once my heart stopped racing and I felt better, he just got up and left,” Analore said.
According to Analore, Brownie had never exhibited that behavior before. And as soon as her fainting spell passed, he stopped.
“He just did it all on his own,” Analore said. “He’s such a good boy.”
After two weeks with the Analore family, Brownie moved on to his final shelter as initially planned. He’s currently in foster care through his new shelter, but the Analore family wants to bring him back home for good.
“A dog like that only comes around once in a lifetime,” Analore said. “The connection was so strong.”