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Depressed Dog Was Alone At Shelter For 2-Years, ‘Recognized’ A Familiar Smell

Written by: Dee Michaels
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| Published on February 6, 2024

After being rescued from the streets, this lovable dog found herself at Argentina’s El Arca Animal Partido de Mar Chiquita, where volunteers were immediately captivated by her charming personality. Among the volunteers, Silvia Ferreyra stood out as particularly drawn to the dog. Despite the dog’s friendly nature, prospective adopters consistently overlooked her due to her age.


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Pakita’s situation seemed dire as she spent her days confined to a kennel, leading to sadness, withdrawal, and significant weight loss due to her refusal to eat. The volunteers at El Arca Animal Partido de Mar Chiquita were deeply troubled by her condition. Despite their persistent efforts over two years, they struggled to find her a home. They turned to social media, aiming to share her photo and bio on Facebook, but encountered resistance as Pakita trembled and retreated to the corner, making it challenging to capture her image.

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Then a miracle happened!

“Immediately, we get a message from a woman saying that the dog was her son’s and that he had been looking for her!” Ferreyra told The Dodo.

Ariel Naveira had resigned himself to the fact that Pakita would never return to him after all this time. However, his hopes were unexpectedly rekindled when his mother saw the Facebook post about Pakita. Although he couldn’t believe it, Ariel decided to visit the shelter the next day, just in case. When the volunteers brought out Pakita and showed her to Ariel, he immediately recognized her. Pakita, on the other hand, seemed hesitant and uneasy at first as she sniffed around, but eventually, the realization dawned on her, and she reunited with Ariel, creating a heartwarming moment captured in a video.

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Pakita dropped to the floor with joy, her tail wagging eagerly as she awaited the arrival of her favorite person in the world. Despite the two-year separation, she instantly recognized his familiar scent, face, and touch. The moment he finally arrived after all that waiting was like a dream come true for both Pakita and Ariel. The bond they shared was unbreakable, and their reunion was a heartwarming testament to the enduring connection between humans and their beloved pets.


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