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Dog Makes His Own Bed To Prove He’ll Be A Good Boy In New Home

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on June 18, 2024

Pets in shelters are often passed over, a reality that was all too familiar for Rush, a lovable Pit Bull from Dayton, Ohio. Originally brought to the SICSA Pet Adoption & Wellness Center as a stray, Rush experienced a brief adoption but was ultimately returned to the shelter, leaving him once again without a family. Driven by a fervent desire to secure a permanent home, Rush undertook an extraordinary action that demonstrated his longing for stability. Life in the shelter was challenging for him, watching potential adopters choose other dogs time and again.

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Yet, Rush’s optimism never waned, nor did his excitement diminish at the prospect of finding his own family. One day, he embarked on a remarkable endeavor—he meticulously arranged his bedding with his mouth, an effort to make his space more inviting. This endearing behavior caught the attention of the volunteers at SICSA, particularly Leah, who captured the moment on video. The footage of Rush tidying his bed quickly captivated millions worldwide, melting hearts and drawing widespread adoration.


Rush’s daily bed-making ritual continued, each day renewing his hope. Leah’s viral video proved to be a turning point for Rush as adoption applications surged. Among the many interested parties, one couple from Dayton stood out to the SICSA staff—Angie and Ronnie Wallace. Still grieving from the loss of their previous dog to a degenerative illness, the Wallaces had not planned to adopt another dog so soon. However, the video of Rush touched them deeply, compelling them to meet him. Upon their visit, an immediate connection was forged, and Rush joyously embraced his new parents, elated to leave his kennel permanently.


In his new life, Rush flourished, never forgetting his origins. His adoptive mother, keen to maintain connections with his past, arranged a visit back to the shelter. Rush’s reunion was joyful as he lavished affectionate kisses on everyone. The delight on the faces of those who had cared for him at the shelter was palpable. They had always recognized Rush’s sweet nature; he merely needed the right moment and the right people to see his true potential.

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