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Family Adopted Foster Dog Even When The Vet Cautioned That He’s ‘Mentally Challenged’

Written by: Dee Michaels
Dee Michaels is a passionate and accomplished writer, renowned for his heartwarming and engaging stories on more
| Published on April 12, 2024

Stanley, a Golden Retriever with a distinct character, quickly showcased his unique traits after his adoption. His new family was charmed by his friendly and affectionate demeanor, yet they observed behaviors that aroused their curiosity and concern. Although Stanley was in good physical health and radiated warmth, his actions suggested there was more to his story. His journey had started with the Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida, where his unusual behaviors were first noted. Upon arriving to take him from his foster home, his adoptive parents were greeted by the quaint sight of Stanley comfortably napping on a table. This unconventional choice of sleeping spot was just one aspect of Stanley’s unique personality—a mix of idiosyncrasies and charm.

These traits not only made him stand out but also hinted at a possibly complex past that his new family was eager to understand and embrace.

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However, they quickly fell in love with Stanley despite his quirks and decided to take him home. Stanley got along with their kids and the other pets right away. His seamless integration into the family was heartwarming. His gentle nature and ability to bond instantly with everyone, from the children to the other household pets, affirmed the family’s decision. Stanley’s unique quirks only added to his charm, making him an irreplaceable and beloved member of their family tapestry.

But Stanley’s mom and dad became concerned about their new dog. They had success in the past training other dogs, but Stanley was different. They worried he may injure himself climbing onto counters and tables. His unusual habits posed safety risks, prompting them to seek solutions. They pondered over various training methods, consulting experts, and gathering resources to ensure Stanley could enjoy his explorations safely. The family was committed to understanding and nurturing Stanley’s unique needs, ensuring his well-being was always a top priority in their loving home.

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Stanley’s indifference to his name puzzled everyone; he wasn’t deaf, yet he never responded. Two trainers tried to work with him but gave up, one hinting that Stanley might be mentally challenged. Taking this to heart, the family meticulously studied his behaviors, uncovering a peculiar ritual. Every day, like clockwork, Stanley would meticulously collect a slipper, remote, and stuffed animal, arranging them together. This obsessive-compulsive routine sparked a deeper investigation into Stanley’s psyche, driving the family to seek a better understanding and more tailored approach to meet his unique needs and ensure his well-being.

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They decided to test Stanley with a dog IQ test they heard about from a friend, and he failed at getting out from under a blanket, responding to his name, and finding the treat inside a cup. The results were disheartening, but they refused to give up. The family viewed these challenges not as failures but as opportunities to understand Stanley’s unique perspective. They were determined to adapt their approach, focusing on nurturing his strengths and providing him with the love and support he needed to thrive.

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The vet agreed with the assessment, attributing Stanley’s challenges to potential inbreeding and a natural stubbornness. Despite this revelation, the family’s resolve only strengthened. They committed to providing Stanley with a nurturing environment tailored to his needs, understanding that his unique traits required patience and a specialized approach. Their dedication to his well-being exemplified the unconditional love and acceptance that truly defines a pet’s place in a family.

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It may never be revealed why exactly Stanley acts the way he does, but it’s not something for his family to worry about. He’s physically healthy and surrounded by lots of love!

His owner said,

“He may be a bit slow, but his silly quirks, good nature, and odd little personality makes us love him even more.”


You must love that Stanley is getting a fair shot at life regardless of his challenges. Every dog deserves love and happiness!

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