It's often said by canine experts that dogs cannot be alone for too long. Since the domesticated dog is descended from the wolf, they have a very strong pack mentality, which means they crave family groups and social dynamics. A dog without a family is a very unfortunate thing indeed, and sadly, there are lots of dogs out there who don't have one.
This week, one such dog has ended up inadvertently finding a happy ending, after being found by rescuers in the most tragic of circumstances.
The five-week-old pug, who has been dubbed Bobby, was found dumped in a plastic carrier bag, after a bystander heard him whining in a bush in Flower Hill, in County Meath in Ireland.
Bobby was taken in by workers at the Coolronan Dog Rescue shelter in nearby Ballivor, to wait on someone adopting him. However, the adorable little black dog's plight touched the heart of the owner of the rescue centre, Chris Kelly, who has now decided to adopt him himself.Check out this video about a dog owner who wanted his dog back after another family adopted him:
Commenting on his new pet in a recent interview with The Mirror, Kelly stated: "He just became so attached to me and a decision was made over the weekend that I should keep him. He follows me everywhere, he is very attached to me and he is always very excited to see me. He is a great little fella."
He added: "He had to be wormed and he had a leg injury, but he is doing really, really well. I'm really happy he is OK and he is very much wanted. I'm rescuing dogs 13 years and I never have been attached like this. I just thought he should stay with me and we all agreed he was attached to me - why ruin that for him? He has already suffered enough."
Kelly, who has run the Coolronan Dog Rescue shelter with his partner Ramona Cunningham for 13 years, reported that he was shocked and disturbed by Bobby's situation.
Kelly stated: "People have no idea what is going on in this country with animals. Sanctuaries all across the country are overrun with unwanted dogs. Bobby is one of thousands."
He continued: "It turns my stomach. We have no laws that protect animals properly in this country. Microchipping is not being enforced and paperwork with dogs is just a disaster. It's either not accurate or truthful.
He added: "Microchipping and neutering needs to happen at an early age. There are too many dogs in Ireland. I have dogs that go to Sweden to be re-homed because we can't cater for all the unwanted dogs in this country ... It is disgusting what is going on in this country and no one is policing it. Pet owners who abuse or dump their dogs should face prison or huge fines. It is totally unacceptable. [sic]"
Kelly has managed to rehouse more than 150 dogs over the years, and although little Bobby now has a home, there are lots of other dogs at the shelter who need one just as badly. If you'd like to adopt one, then visit their official Facebook page for more details.