Sᴀᴅ Dog Sits In The Corner Of Kennel But Totally Opens Up When Belt Is Removed From Neck

Sᴀᴅ Dog Sits In The Corner Of Kennel But Totally Opens Up When Belt Is Removed From Neck

Photographer Rebecca Rood was walking through the Whitfield County Animal Shelter when she came across a Sᴀᴅ dog sitting in the corner of his kennel. Stewart seemed as if he were trying to make himself invisible to the world, and it was obvious he had a rough past. Rebecca learned that Stewart had been found ᴛɪᴇᴅ ᴜᴘ in the woods in Gᴇᴏʀɢɪᴀ, and he had a thick ʙᴇʟᴛ ᴡʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ around his neck that made him super uncomfortable. Workers tried to remove it, but he would ɢʀᴏᴡʟ at them every time. He just didn’t trust anyone.

Even though they could not remove the belt around his neck, Stewart was soon rescued and brought to the Whitfield County Animal Shelter. Unfortunately, Stewart was ᴛᴇʀʀɪꜰɪᴇᴅ in his new environment, and he spent most of his time huddling in a corner of his kennel.

Until one day, a photographer named Rebecca Rood walked into the shelter and saw Stewart, who was huddling in a corner of his kennel with his head down.

Hᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ by what she saw, Rebecca immediately asked the staff on Stewart’s backstory. Judging by Stewart’s body language and behavior, it was clear that he distrusted and ꜰᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ humans. He ꜰᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ humans so much that he would huddle in a corner and would not make eye contact with anyone.

To help Stewart by spreading an awareness about him, Rebecca took some photos of Stewart huddling in a corner of his kennel and posted them on Facebook. The photos eventually caught the attention of Courtney Bellew, the director of Special Needs Animal Rescue & Ʀᴇʜᴀʙɪʟɪᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ (SNARR).

Courtney reached out and took Stewart to a veterinary clinic. There, he was sᴇᴅᴀᴛᴇᴅ ꜰᴏʀ ᴛᴇsᴛs and to get neutered. And while he was under, they were finally able to remove the belt from around his neck. That’s when Stewart became a completely different dog.It’s as if the belt were a reminder of his past, and removing it set him free. The moment he woke up from ᴀɴᴇsᴛʜᴇsɪᴀ, Stewart was wagging his tail and wanting to play! Courtney posted some videos of Stewart playing with toys to the SNARR’s Facebook page.

Rebecca couldn’t help but cry when she saw the videos. She just couldn’t believe Stewart had opened up and realized people were trying to help him.


Stewart still has a long way to go in his ʀᴇʜᴀʙɪʟɪᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, but he’s made a complete turn personality-wise. He’s doing well and expected to only get better and better. No one knows exactly what the poor dog went through in his past, but he’s with some amazing people now who will make sure he finds the perfect forever home once he’s ready. 🙂

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