When Ben Johnson was doing charity work at a shelter, he met Dash. Dash only wanted Ben to give him a good, lengthy embrace, contrary to his assumption that the dog was suspicious of strangers.
Ben stated to The Dodo:
“I met him in the Humane Society’s back room. In order to avoid appearing scary, I knelt down. He approached me and placed his head on my chest. I encircled him with my arms and gave him a long, 10-minute embrace. After that, whenever I saw him, he would shove me up into his chest until I gave him a hug.
Ben made the choice to support Dash in that year’s charity walk for the neighborhood shelter. The shelter gave her permission to bring Dash home for a peaceful night away from the kennel because it was so hot outside.
The dog spent the entire night snuggled up on the sofa with Coltrane, Ben’s dog, since he was so appreciative of being in such a peaceful environment.
The following morning, Ben looked everywhere for Dash to bring him breakfast but couldn’t locate him. Finally, he decided to peep inside Dash’s 5-year-old son’s playroom. He was there, in the most unexpected of circumstances.
“Our youngster was examining Dash’s teeth with a plastic screwdriver while holding a Fisher-Price tool. As our son thoroughly examined Dash, he was lying on his back with his mouth wide open. We came to the conclusion that he would never leave our house at that point.
Now that he has the family he always desired, Dash has discovered a method to express his gratitude to them for adopting him throughout the years.
The dog has remained affectionate and gentle. Before she has her food, Dash enjoys a cuddle to start her day.
“He has been hugging people before breakfast for a few years. She sets her dish down, waits to eat, wags her tail, and watches you until you give her a cuddle. He demands at least one hug, maybe two, and occasionally interrupts his meals to provide another one.”
See Dash’s cute morning ritual here.