Boy Who Lost Dog Gets Surprise

April Livingston | February 21st, 2019

For a six year old boy named Leo, a trip to a building with his parents, Chris and Katie Downs, seemed like any other day. But what he did not know is that his parents had planned for that errand to be a surprise of a lifetime for the young boy. The building they went to was the Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Just a few months before that visit, the entire family experience a terrible loss. Their sweet dog Mellow had died at the age of thirteen. Katie says Mellow was the perfect dog: loving and kind, and loved to travel everywhere with her husband Chris. When Katie was pregnant with Leo, Mellow was always right by her side to protect her. Then, when Leo was born, Mellow was completely devoted to his little human brother.

Katie said wherever Leo went, Mellow was always right next to him. Just last year, Leo got a bunk bed and he took the top bunk and Mellow had the bottom bunk. After the family lost Mellow, Katie and her husband declared they were so heartbroken they couldn’t have a dog again for a while. But Leo did not agree with their idea and was constantly begging his parents for a dog. He slowly wore his parents down, and Katie started perusing the Stray Rescue of St. Louis website. She came upon a dog that seemed like fate: a 9 week old pit bull mix named Nutty-Buddy. He looked just like Mellow, and it seemed like fate. So, Katie and Chris submitted an adoption application for him.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis//Facebook
Stray Rescue of St. Louis//Facebook
Stray Rescue of St. Louis//Facebook
Stray Rescue of St. Louis//Facebook
Stray Rescue of St. Louis//Facebook
Stray Rescue of St. Louis//Facebook

The adoption was accepted, and they decided to make it a surprise for Leo. They arrived at the building and a staff member came out holding a small puppy and brought it to Leo and let him hold the dog. He couldn’t believe what was happening—that he finally had a puppy and he began to cry. Leo couldn’t be happier these days, playing outside and snuggling on the couch with his new dog Nutty-Buddy. Just like his love with Mellow, Leo has a sweet and faithful friend again.

This family came in with donations after their family dog passed away. What they didn't tell their son was they also adopted a puppy and surprised him. Grab the kleenex! ❤️🥰😭

Posted by Stray Rescue of St. Louis on Sunday, February 3, 2019

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