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Precocious Shelter Dog Helps Himself To ALL The Toys

Written by: Stephanie Maguire
Stephanie Maguire is a writer for She loves animals so much that she started her own pet-sitting business in 2017, and goes out of her way to point-out and pet every single dog she sees.Read more
| Published on January 21, 2023

Damon, a dashing Pittie mix, came in to care at Cincinnati Animal CARE as a lost dog. But despite their best efforts to find his family, nobody came to claim him. So naturally, he was put up for adoption.

Damon spent many many months waiting for the perfect forever family to come along, but it just hadn’t happened for him yet.


But since Cincinnati Animal CARE is a shelter that’s often at critical capacity, dogs are sometimes rotated into the employees’ offices. This allows space for them to take in more dogs.

“He was living in the behavior office, but they needed their space to work with more dogs in need, and he had really bonded with Sydney, our foster specialist. So he was living there for a bit,” said Ray Anderson, a staff member at Cincinnati Animal CARE.

So when Sydney needed to step out of the office to attend a meeting, Damon was left to his own devices. The mischievous pooch did an extra thorough job of investigating his environment. When he realized that he had easy access to tons of toys, he simply couldn’t resist. The toy lover had hit the jackpot. One toy turned into another, and then another, and then another. 

He was left alone for less than an hour (45 minutes to be exact). And in that time, Damon managed to play with every single toy that was stashed in the office. Some toys were chomped-up and chewed, while quite a few were shredded to pieces. 

“I believe the official number of toys destroyed was all of them. The foster office is loaded with goodies to go home with our foster fams, so he found a cornucopia of fun,” said Ray.

Damon Toy Party

When Sydney returned to her office, it looked like the aftermath of an epic puppy party. There were toys spread all over the room, and tons of toy stuffing littering the floor. But Damon wasn’t met with anger or outrage. The staff found it incredibly amusing, and understood that he’s a dog, who was just doing what toy-loving dogs do.

“He was having the time of his life — how could you be mad at that face,” Sydney said.

Shortly after, Sydney posted a photo of the party’s aftermath to their Facebook page. The scene had made their entire staff laugh, so surely it would bring joy to others too. People across the internet were highly amused by the situation, and the story went viral. In fact, the story was shared so much that Damon’s original family saw the post and was able to come and claim him! 

What a happy ending for such a fun-loving pup!

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