Rescue Dog Loves to “Hold Hands”

April Livingston | November 23rd, 2018

Much like humans, every dog is different. They all have their personalities, and some love to have their space. Still others want to be as close to their fellow dogs and humans as possible. One of those loving, affectionate dogs is a pup named Stanley. A man named Sam Clarence adopted Stanley a year a half ago from a bully breed rescue facility in New Zealand. Since that day, the dog has become quite the “Velcro dog.” So much so, Stanley insists upon “holding hands” with his dad even when they are driving in the car together. He just wants to always be touching his owner, at all times.

Clarence and Stanley’s story begins when Stanley was just six months old. Clarence was a volunteer dog walker at the shelter and Stanley and his siblings were found in a yard with their mom. Clarence was asked to foster a puppy for a few weeks, but that all changed when he met Stanley. He just knew the two were meant to be together permanently. Stanley felt the same way, but it took some time for him to warm up to Clarence. He gave him a bath, some food, and a warm spot near the fire in his home. Stanley had spent his life living outdoors, so living inside was an adjustment at first.

Sam Clarence//Facebook
Sam Clarence//Facebook
Sam Clarence//Facebook
Sam Clarence//Facebook

Soon, that all changed. Stanley needed to be next to and touching Clarence at all times, even while he was sleeping. He is older now, but he has not grown out of his need for touching and affection. Even when they are sitting around watching TV, Stanley needs to have a paw on his dad Clarence. He even “hits” him with his paws to ask for affection. The sweet pup is so loved now, and he has all the hand holding he could possibly want, thanks to his dad!

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