A stray dog named Blue had shown up at a stranger’s house searching for a secure place to rest in early April, according to the Washington County Animal Shelter. The pit bull mix was picked up by an animal control officer and taken back to the shelter.
Blue had been on the streets for an unspecified period of time, yet he appeared to like every human he met.
Tammy Davis, the shelter’s executive director, told The Dodo, “He was a lucky lucky dog.” “At first, he was a little hesitant and did not like to be among all the other dogs, but he was very friendly with people and very kind to the staff.”
The shelter had to close its doors to the public because of the COVID-19 epidemic and accept visitors only by appointment.
Blue’s favorite toy was featured in a video posted on the shelter’s Facebook page to introduce him to potential adopters. “That’s my dog,” read a remark on the video a few moments later.
The only thing left was to see if the man claiming to be Blue’s owner was telling the truth: “Blue’s favorite toy in the shelter was a blue squeaky ball, and he was playing with that ball in our video,” Davis added. “When we first visited the owner, he responded, ‘Yes, I have photographs of my dog.’ He gave us photos of Blue at home, playing with the same blue ball that was his favorite toy at the time. It was crazy.”
Blue’s father traveled 1,200 miles to see his son, and the reunion was all they had dreamed for.
“It was clear that the dog and the human had a bond,” Davis added.
“Blue was shocked for a short second, as if to say, ‘Am I seeing things?’ Then there was just kisses all over the place, and the man was crying, it was fantastic.”