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Last Updated on October 14, 2023 by Fumipets
An Unforgettable Bond: Rescue Dog’s Heartwarming Gesture on Her First Night Home
In the heartwarming world of animal rescue, there’s a tale that reminds us of the incredible connections that can form between humans and their four-legged friends. It’s the story of Olive, a newly adopted rescue dog, and her heartwarming gesture on her very first night in her forever home.
A Fragile Start
Sara Zosche, the proud new owner of Olive, recently shared a heart-melting video that captured her furry companion’s hesitation to fall asleep on her cozy couch. It seemed that Olive was wrestling with the notion that her newfound happiness was too good to be true.
In the realm of animal shelters, dogs like Olive have a limited window of time to make an impression on prospective owners. Research published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science highlighted that shelter visitors usually spend just eight minutes interacting with a dog.
Often, it’s the confident, outgoing, and playful canines who catch their eye. However, Olive’s vulnerability left a lasting impression on Sara Zosche and her partner, Crystal, when they visited a shelter in South Jersey.
“I saw Olive cowering, shaking in the corner of her kennel,” Zosche told Newsweek. Olive, part of a litter of abandoned puppies, had been named after pizza toppings by shelter staff. “I asked to hold her, and she just kind of stole my heart,” Zosche recalled. “She cried when they took her back to her kennel, so I put in an application right there to adopt her. They called me the next day, saying I was approved.”
A Remarkable Homecoming
Zosche and Crystal had experienced the heartache of losing their previous dog, Sophie, to kidney disease just five months ago. Their hearts had finally healed enough to love again. When Zosche returned to pick up Olive, she could sense the dog’s nervousness about her new journey. The car ride home was accompanied by trembling, a manifestation of Olive’s anxious anticipation.
Upon arriving home, Olive’s exhaustion from her shelter days caught up with her, and she drifted into a deep sleep. However, as Zosche got up to prepare dinner, she felt the weight of Olive’s gaze upon her. This touching moment was captured in a video posted on TikTok (@sobersaruhh) that quickly went viral, amassing over 250,000 views.
In the video, Olive can be seen resting on the couch, her head propped up, as she gazes intently at her new owner. Zosche described the moment as “sweet,” a silent connection between them. Olive’s eyes seemed to convey a desire not to fall asleep, as if she feared it might all be a dream. But it wasn’t a dream; it was a beautiful new reality. Zosche is now Olive’s “furever” mom, and the bond they share is a testament to the profound connections that form between humans and their canine companions.
A Journey to Sobriety
Zosche has been candid about her journey through alcoholism and recovery on TikTok. She describes the addition of Olive to her life as a pivotal step in her healing process. “Without getting sober, I wouldn’t be able to truly be present to experience the pure joy that comes from the bond Olive has created with me,” she shared. “Being sober allows me to experience life to the fullest—the joy and pain. Without sobriety, I wouldn’t be able to be the best version of myself and a ‘dog mom’ to Olive.”
Olive’s endearing gesture on her first night in her new home serves as a reminder that the journey of rescue and adoption is filled with moments of pure connection, love, and gratitude. It’s a testament to the incredible bonds that can form between humans and their four-legged friends, bringing warmth and happiness to the unlikeliest of places.