In 2016, Pablo the Chihuahua’s family took him to his dog sitter’s house and never returned for him. The poor boy was left there for five months. The dear boy was terrified and frightened in this new place. All he would do is bark. He hadn’t seen his family in weeks, and he didn’t know what happened to them or where they’d gone to.
The pet sitter eventually grew tired and annoyed with Pablo’s barking. He posted online that he’d either take him to a kill shelter or sell him on Craigslist. Why would you agree to serve as a pet sitter in the first place? You should love animals and be more empathetic to their situations. Not making threats to sell or abandon them.
“We learned that Pablo was being forced to live in a closet there because he was ‘barking too much,’” Michele Walsh, adoption coordinator for AMA Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. “We jumped in and took him immediately.”
Remember Pablo? He was left by his owners with a dog sitter and five months later they still didn't come back to take…
Though Pablo was now in a safe, loving place, his fears weren’t minimized. He continued to bark so much he was starting to lose his voice. He was so afraid he wouldn’t let anyone near him. “He was especially afraid of men,” Walsh said. “We don’t know everything that happened in his life to traumatize him so badly, but we have to assume that he had a really bad experience involving a man.”
He was given clearance from veterinarians to be put into a foster home. This home needed to be unique. They needed to help Pablo stop barking and tackle his fears. The shelter had concerns Pablo wouldn’t open up to anyone.
Finally, a lucky somebody was able to see how truly amazing Pablo was, and … Guess what happened next?
Pablo bonded immediately with a potential foster parent, Alexia Perimone. “It was amazing to see,” Walsh said. “Within 15 minutes he was licking her hand, and that was it. He asked her to be his foster mom.”
They got Pablo settled into his new place; he began six months of training to help grow his confidence around people. “He went from barking so much that he was losing his voice to learning to relax at home,” Walsh said. “He did so great with his foster brother and sister, too. They really showed him the way.”
And so Pablo was officially adopted by them shortly after their meet and greet. Pablo's owners are very aware of this…
A year after Pablo’s ordeal began, he was finally ready to be adopted. Maura McHale, from Queen’s New York, fell in love when she saw his photo online. “I saw Pablo, and that was it,” McHale told The Dodo. “I had been wanting a Chihuahua for the longest time and just knew he was the one.”