Dog Rescue Stories: Bronx Gave His Forever Mom A Reason to Wake Up Everyday

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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor 
Let me introduce myself…my name is Bronx aka Bronk-a-saurus-rex, Ba-dinky-stinky, Ba-donk-u-lous are just a few other nicknames I have acquired. I am a two year old American Staffy mix that used to live in the mean streets of Melbourne.

My rescue story is probably very similar to a lot of others out there… but mine has a little twist! For the first year of my life, I was in and out of the good old rescue system. I did my fair share of time behind bars. Re-homed four times just in that first year alone, as much as I admit I loved my taste of freedom and all the ladies that came with it, I didn’t exactly like the inconsistency from people. The last time I ended up in the pound my owner had left me there. I also had my manhood taken away in that same stay. But on to bigger and better things. I had actually received another adoptive family! Fifth time lucky, maybe?

Sadly, that stay wasn’t long lived either. I remember a strange girl coming to my home with this little orange fluffy thing they call a Pomeranian. I briefly saw the girl and my owner talking about how he couldn’t look after me anymore and wanted me gone as soon as possible. I wasn’t that bad, surely? Yes, I occasionally scare myself with the noises or smells that come from my rear end and I may not have the best bed etiquette but I think I am a good companion. Before I knew it I was off again. Sixth time really…

Although it felt very different this time.


My new owner was lovely, and my so called “big” sister was in fact a quarter of the size of me. She seemed to spoil me and even let me sleep on the bed, but she also got to take me everywhere with her so I was never alone. She even got this dog behaviorist in who I hated, but I could see why she was doing this for me. I am a very good boy but my behaviors may have needed to be polished up a bit. She seemed to provide me with the company and love I had always longed for. I was never alone and I had structure. I even ran away for a day, and before you knew it, there was my owner at the same pound I had been to many times before, ready to collect me and take me home. I had a good stern talking to on the way home that day.

I was hesitant at first and even tried to test my new owner by chewing up her new shoes or even peeing on her bed. When she went out and bought a new doona, what do you know it… I peed on it again. Somehow, despite her frustrations, she just wasn’t giving up on me. As time went on, I was really starting to feel at home. I even taught my “big” sister some bad habits like digging but yet somehow, I was the only one told off for it.

But still with everything feeling so right, I felt like my new owner was sad and still missing something. I couldn’t work out what. Some nights she would hug me so tight I would accidentally fart. Other days, she would struggle to get out of bed so I would have to lick her face at five in the morning just to remind her to wake up (as I needed to go to the toilet). As time went on, she would confide in me about what was really troubling her and I seemed to be helping her through her troubles. She told me I would give her a reason to wake up everyday. I always felt so proud when she would say this because I could feel just how much she loved me and even though I couldn’t respond, I would lick her face occasionally, just to acknowledge that I was listening. I started to feel that empty spot my new owner had was starting to fill and I finally found out what my new owner was missing. She had lost a baby two months before I came along. Everything started to make sense to me and that’s when I realized I wasn’t the one she had rescued… I had in fact, rescued her!

My hood days are over now, although I occasionally get the taste for freedom. I now spend my days exploring and with my big sister and new owner and truthfully, I would never look back.

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.
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