Posted 31d ago
Tackling stairs, finding a comfortable spot and heading for a walk are all things rescue dogs can struggle with when they arrive in their foster home from kennels.
But one crossbreed has been breaking hearts on TikTok after they didn’t know how to sit on a cushion.
A woman who adopts and fosters animals with special needs has revealed how foster dogs often don’t know how to behave like a pup when they arrive.
And her latest foster dog, Susie, wasn’t sure how to react to being given a comfortable spot to sit.
Whilst most dogs would jump at the opportunity to curl up on a cosy sofa cushion, the video sees little Susie sitting on the grass next to the pillow resting her chin on it.
The video - posted by user @timberandkona - has been viewed more than 657,000 times and was captioned: “Foster pups often don’t know how to ‘dog’ when they arrive. Simple tasks like stairs, or even getting comfortable can be firsts.”
The little crossbreed has been in her foster home for just under a week, and has been exploring a number of ‘firsts’, from cushions to walkies.
The Tiktoker, from Canada, said it took the pup half an hour to walk 40 metres because she was so unsure of the world.
And many owners of rescue dogs can relate to the emotional video, with one commenting: “Took my rescue dog a few months to start sitting on our soda. He was always so scared, but now happily takes up all the space.”
Another said: “I was so excited when my dog finally learned to be a dog. I love when she’s just being a dog since she came to me all scared from the pound.”
“My dog had the same,” a third added, “I adopted her from Greece where she was abused by her family. She also didn’t know how to play with toys and how to cuddle.”
Susie is currently residing with an amputee dog called Kona, and Timber, who has cerebellar hypoplasia, as well as two cats, one of which is blind.
She’s slowly learning how to be a dog, with her foster parent sharing updates on their Instagram account each evening.
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