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Hi just wanna share I rescued and adopted this Potato from a shut-down pet shop. Most of my friends and family aren't that interested in dogs but I really want to talk about him.

I didn't really plan to have any pet as I have a hard time taking care of myself (had to set alarm clocks all day long or I won't remember to eat or sleep), but my friend asked my if I could just help rescue and foster Potato for a week or two until her dogs got used to the rescue she's fostering atm. I said sure, worst case scenrio I just wipe my floor everyday for a little while. I work from home these days anyways and I'm just happy to help her.

So I went to the pet shop, found him cowering in a small cage. He's one year old and the owner said proudly that he had lived in a cage most of his life so I can just put him in a cage at home with no problem. He was absolutely terrified when the owner grabbed him and take him out, shaking like a leaf when I try to pet him. I took a cab home, had to hold onto him the whole time as the driver didn't want a dog on his car. However, I could feel his shaking got less and less the longer I hold on to him.
I got home, put him down, let him roam free in my apartment, and after a while he started hopping and jogging and wagging his tail.
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Potato's first encounter with a mirror. He's still mesmerized by it today.
For the first few day he aboslutely refuse to come out of this corner of my living room other than to get food. He's happy when I went to pet him but will stay in the corner if I move away. I didn't have anything for dog so I gave him an old shirt as a bed. He was so excited and confused about the fabric, kept sniffing and exploring the sleeves and the collar. I felt he may never had anything so soft soft to step on before.
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Potato and his safe corner.
I wasn't thinking about adoption until one week in. He had started coming out of his corner and following around, just glued to my side. He doesn't bark, doesn't mind me touching his tail or paws, snores while keeping his butt or head against my feet, pulls back his ears when happy, puts his chin on my lap when he wants pets and gives me puppy eyes, keep looking back to make sure I'm following him when walking, doesn't know how to play with balls and toys but will always chase me around, farts so much when he stole my powdered milk for baking, learned not to pull the leash too much and some simple command even though I didn't intentionally train him. I can't say what exactly tipped my scale, but I felt I'm just fell more in love with him everyday.
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One clingy Potato

Potato is a mutt of unknown breed, which means it will be harder for him to get adopted where I live. People usually prefer purebreeds or mix of name breeds. The rescue organization who contacted my friend (who contacted me) said a lot of abandoned dogs were mutt like him, and many who adopted a mutt only to return them later. At one week mark, my friend asked me to fill in some info about Potato so the rescue group can start posting about him. It was then I finally made the decision and asked for an adption form instead.
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Potato not understanding how balls and toys or beds work

So yeah, it's been two weeks since I filled and sent in the official adoption form, and I don't regret it one bit. He brought me more joy and love than I could provide him, and I just want to show appreciation to this good boy.
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A sleepy Potato refuses to not touch me.
 

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That's great. I think sometimes people get dogs, and try to force a happy relationship and maybe aren't the best pet owners. It sounds like you took the decision very seriously and that is wonderful. I'm sure he will be a very happy dog and dogs are really awesome companions, we humans are fortunate to have them and vice verca.
 

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Hi just wanna share I rescued and adopted this Potato from a shut-down pet shop. Most of my friends and family aren't that interested in dogs but I really want to talk about him.

I didn't really plan to have any pet as I have a hard time taking care of myself (had to set alarm clocks all day long or I won't remember to eat or sleep), but my friend asked my if I could just help rescue and foster Potato for a week or two until her dogs got used to the rescue she's fostering atm. I said sure, worst case scenrio I just wipe my floor everyday for a little while. I work from home these days anyways and I'm just happy to help her.

So I went to the pet shop, found him cowering in a small cage. He's one year old and the owner said proudly that he had lived in a cage most of his life so I can just put him in a cage at home with no problem. He was absolutely terrified when the owner grabbed him and take him out, shaking like a leaf when I try to pet him. I took a cab home, had to hold onto him the whole time as the driver didn't want a dog on his car. However, I could feel his shaking got less and less the longer I hold on to him.
I got home, put him down, let him roam free in my apartment, and after a while he started hopping and jogging and wagging his tail.
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Potato's first encounter with a mirror. He's still mesmerized by it today.
For the first few day he aboslutely refuse to come out of this corner of my living room other than to get food. He's happy when I went to pet him but will stay in the corner if I move away. I didn't have anything for dog so I gave him an old shirt as a bed. He was so excited and confused about the fabric, kept sniffing and exploring the sleeves and the collar. I felt he may never had anything so soft soft to step on before.
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Potato and his safe corner.
I wasn't thinking about adoption until one week in. He had started coming out of his corner and following around, just glued to my side. He doesn't bark, doesn't mind me touching his tail or paws, snores while keeping his butt or head against my feet, pulls back his ears when happy, puts his chin on my lap when he wants pets and gives me puppy eyes, keep looking back to make sure I'm following him when walking, doesn't know how to play with balls and toys but will always chase me around, farts so much when he stole my powdered milk for baking, learned not to pull the leash too much and some simple command even though I didn't intentionally train him. I can't say what exactly tipped my scale, but I felt I'm just fell more in love with him everyday.
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One clingy Potato

Potato is a mutt of unknown breed, which means it will be harder for him to get adopted where I live. People usually prefer purebreeds or mix of name breeds. The rescue organization who contacted my friend (who contacted me) said a lot of abandoned dogs were mutt like him, and many who adopted a mutt only to return them later. At one week mark, my friend asked me to fill in some info about Potato so the rescue group can start posting about him. It was then I finally made the decision and asked for an adption form instead.
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Potato not understanding how balls and toys or beds work

So yeah, it's been two weeks since I filled and sent in the official adoption form, and I don't regret it one bit. He brought me more joy and love than I could provide him, and I just want to show appreciation to this good boy.
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A sleepy Potato refuses to not touch me.
What a beautiful story and a lucky boy 🥰
 

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Awww…what a wonderful story. I’m glad you found each other! Once I had a dog who was abused her first year of life just like Potato. Gracie did not know how to play either. Gracie’s behavior therapist told me that play is a learned behavior in young puppies, and if a dog did not get that opportunity they may never learn to play. 😢 She also taught me that it’s ok if a dog does not play as long as they are happy. It sure sounds like Potato is a happy dog!
 
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Thank you for your beautiful story… it was meant to be. You feel like your heart will just pop open with what you receive from pets. I have a rottie that thinks she’s a lap dog and when she leans on me, it melts my heart to mush!

potato is yours and will love you to the end.❤️
 
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A few years ago I adopted a dog that had come from a puppy mill that was shut down. She had never been out of her little 2’ square cage with only the wire to walk on, never even touched the ground, or grass!
Potato is going to bring you so much joy, love, and comfort! Congratulations on finding your dog companion, he’s lucky to have you.
 
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