Meet Dean Martin. This sweet Pit Bull knows exactly how to let his human know how he’s feeling. Greg shared two photos of Dean Martin with us that show his dog’s expression when Greg leaves and when he comes home. Both are adorable in their own unique ways.
Greg writes, “You can can see him thinking ‘This is it, he really is never coming back this time.'”
Greg figures Dean Martin has separation anxiety because he was abandoned when he was young. Greg rescued Dean Martin when he was found wandering the streets in his old neighborhood.
“He was was too skinny, and thirsty to ignore,” Greg told DogHeirs. Dean Martin was brought home and taken to the vet to scan for a microchip. “But he didn’t have one,” said Greg.
Greg put up fliers in the neighborhood, posted a notice on Craigslist and Facebook and notified the local vets and SPCA in an attempt to find his owner. No one stepped forward to claim him, so after a few weeks Greg adopted him. He took Dean Martin to the vet and got him vaccinated, microchipped and fixed.
That was nearly two years ago.
Greg is quick to point out that Dean Martin isn’t destructive at all when he is alone. He “just gives us the look of shame when we go.”
They leave him blankets and items with their scent to reduce his separation anxiety. “We always make sure his and our bed is accessible to him when we leave as well as his toys and an article of clothing of ours we have worn like a sweatshirt.” Greg explains, “We just make sure he has his comforts when we leave. Can’t avoid the pitiful face though.”
Dean Martin greets them happily when they return. “We are good at the leaving part,” writes Greg. “We play down leaving as much as possible and make no big deal of going out the door but it’s hard for us to not get excited and praise him when we get home.”
It’s a challenge with such a sweet face. “Recently, he has taken to the exact same pitiful face and stance but won’t even look at us. Just turns his head in unfathomable sadness,” says Greg.
But don’t feel too sad for Dean Martin, he gets out regularly with his family. Greg says, “We try to take him with us whenever we can. We’ll ask if a place is pet friendly, or we ‘ll take him on nice long walks, to the park. Things like that. It’s a tough face to say no to.”
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