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

Written by: Dee Michaels
Dee Michaels is a passionate and accomplished writer, renowned for his heartwarming and engaging stories on more
| Published on April 16, 2024

After her rescue from the streets, this endearing dog found refuge at El Arca Animal Partido de Mar Chiquita in Argentina, where her delightful personality quickly won over the hearts of the shelter volunteers. Silvia Ferreyra, one of the volunteers, felt a special connection with the dog. However, despite her affable nature and the affection she offered, potential adopters frequently passed her by, primarily due to her age, which posed a challenge in finding her a forever home. This situation highlighted a common issue in animal adoption, where older dogs are often overlooked in favor of younger ones, despite their potential for companionship and loyalty.

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Pakita’s prolonged stay at El Arca Animal Partido de Mar Chiquita had become increasingly difficult for her. Confined mostly to her kennel, she grew sadder and more withdrawn as time passed, leading to a concerning refusal to eat and significant weight loss. The volunteers at the shelter, deeply concerned about her well-being, tirelessly attempted to find her a suitable home, but despite their efforts over two years, no suitable adopters emerged.

Determined not to give up, the shelter decided to leverage the power of social media to help Pakita find a forever home. They planned to share her photo and story on Facebook to reach a wider audience. However, Pakita’s fear and anxiety made it difficult; she would tremble and retreat to the corner whenever they tried to photograph her, presenting a challenge in capturing the warm and loving nature that the volunteers knew she possessed.

This setback didn’t deter the shelter staff. They understood the importance of showing Pakita’s true personality to potential adopters and were committed to finding a way to showcase her in a light that would help her find a loving home.

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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.

After years of separation, Ariel Naveira had come to terms with the painful possibility that he might never see his beloved dog Pakita again. However, a twist of fate reignited his hopes when his mother stumbled upon a Facebook post from El Arca Animal Partido de Mar Chiquita, featuring Pakita. Although skeptical, Ariel felt compelled to follow this lead and visited the shelter the next day, holding on to a thread of hope.

The reunion at the shelter was tentative at first. When the volunteers brought Pakita out, Ariel instantly recognized her, but Pakita, having been through years of shelter life and numerous disappointments, was initially hesitant and unsure. She sniffed around Ariel, searching for something familiar in his scent. Then, as recognition slowly set in, her demeanor transformed. The moment she realized who Ariel was, Pakita’s uncertainty turned to joy. This poignant reunion was captured in a video, showing Pakita leaping up, wagging her tail vigorously, and showering Ariel with kisses in a beautiful display of affection and long-lost love. This heartwarming scene underscored the deep bond between humans and their pets, and the enduring memory and love that pets can hold for their owners even after years apart.

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When Ariel finally arrived at the shelter, Pakita’s reaction was one of overwhelming happiness. She dropped to the floor, her tail wagging vigorously, full of excitement and anticipation for the reunion with her favorite person. Despite the long separation of two years, Pakita’s recognition was immediate and unmistakable—she knew Ariel by his scent, his face, and his touch.

The emotional reunion was profoundly touching, a genuine testament to the strength of the bond shared between humans and their pets. Pakita’s joyous behavior and Ariel’s affectionate response highlighted the deep, enduring connection that had remained intact despite their years apart. This moment was not just a reunion but a reaffirmation of their unbreakable bond, a poignant reminder of the loyalty and love that pets hold for their owners. Their story beautifully illustrates the powerful, lasting impact that animals have on our lives and the pure joy that comes from such a heartfelt reunion.

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