For the past 11 years, the only home Blue Bear had ever known was with his dad — but that all changed last week.
Blue Bear’s father couldn’t find a place to stay, so the senior mastiff ended up at Trenton Animals Rock. Blue Bear was baffled as to why he was in a shelter and why his father wouldn’t stop crying. He barked and barked, scaring the workers at the shelter until his father told him to sit and Danielle Gletow approached him.
Gletow, director of Trenton Animals Rock, told The Dodo, “I went over to him and he immediately leaned his head into my waist and let me pet him.” “It was just heartbreaking,” says the narrator.
Blue Bear wasn’t aggressive, Gletow realized; he was just perplexed and sad. Blue Bear’s owner was promised that the dog would not have to spend the night in the shelter, so Gletow set out to find him a foster home. Blue Bear began to cry as he was separated from his only family.
“We tried to put Blue Bear in a kennel just to get our bearings and make some calls, and he was just super sad,” Gletow said. “So we took him into the office and he sat down in my lap.”
“He’d go over to the door and sit in front of it crying every chance he got,” she continued. “When he turned around, he had tears streaming down his face. I’m not exaggerating when I say I was in tears.”
Gletow promised Blue Bear she wouldn’t leave the shelter until he found a temporary home that night. Blue Bear weighed 130 pounds and had severe arthritis in his back legs, so she knew it wouldn’t be easy to place him.
Gletow recorded a Facebook Live video of Blue Bear, and calls and messages began pouring in from all over the country.
Thankfully, Madison, a local foster, saw the heartbreaking video and offered to take Blue Bear so he could begin to decompress. Blue Bear finally began to unwind at Madison’s house.
“We put a pillow on the floor, and he laid his head on it, and Madison and I just sat with him and snuggled him and spent some time with him,” Gletow said. “He’s a real sweetheart.” He reminds me of a gentle giant.”
Gletow is still in contact with Blue Bear’s father, but she is attempting to provide Blue Bear with a comfortable place to spend his golden years while his situation remains unstable.
“We’re going to keep him in foster care for a while to give him a chance to decompress,” says the mother “Gletow explained. “We’ll start looking for a home with someone who is familiar with large-breed dogs once the vet has seen him and we know what his needs are, and we’ll start him on supplements and possibly acupuncture.”
Trenton Animals Rock is just one example of how they are attempting to assist the pets in their community.
“A lot of people in this city aren’t aware that this is a no-kill shelter, so they’re hesitant to contact us,” she says “Gletow explained. “We’ve attempted to make this shelter a more welcoming environment for the city, demonstrating that we can be a resource. They don’t have to be afraid to reach out for assistance before it’s too late.”
While Blue Bear’s future remains uncertain, one thing is certain: no more tears will be shed.