Due to his condition, Moz seemed quite guarded at first but after being pampered with love and care, he began opening up.
When Thom McCallum, a foster doggy dad, came across a scrappy little fellow named Moz, he was "a mess." Describing him as a "scrawny, hairless, weird-looking stray," McCallum noted that the adorable pooch was deaf. Due to his condition, Moz seemed quite guarded at first but after being pampered with love and care, he began opening up.
"As soon as he got to the house, he immediately crashed...He just fell asleep for probably a day and a half," shared McCallum, who then gave him a warm bath, and lots of cuddles, and introduced him to his foster siblings who helped him come out of his shell. "The way that my other fosters fostered him was a beautiful thing," he told The Dodo.
In no time, he was out on walks with McCallum and his two other foster dogs. They go past the same house, including one where a little 2-year-old named Lillian lived. She would normally spend most of her gazing out the window, enjoying the view. One day she noticed Moz and immediately fell in love with him.
The next time McCallum walked past her home, he noticed an impatient Lillian eagerly waiting to greet them outside. Seeing her bond with Moz, encouraged McCallum to let the 2-year-old helo him with his walking duties. This is when the toddler and the puppy's friendship began blossoming. "She was really excited to get to walk Moz. They’re small and kind of similar size, similar pace of life," said the child's mom, Lauren.
One time, when McCallum had to go out of town for business he asked the family if they would be interested in dog-sitting and Lillian was overjoyed. While he was away, the little girl taught the pooch gestures to "stay" and positive affirmations like "You can do this." And even though Moz could not hear her, the two somehow understood each other and that's what made their connection unique, or as McCallum puts it, "The girl who can’t stop talking and the guy who can’t hear anything."
"She really thought he was like her baby and she was his mom," noted Lauren. "And Moz was pretty game for whatever she wanted to do." Over the course of two weeks, she would send videos to the foster dog's dad, who soon realized that Moz has found a forever home just two blocks away.
"It was a really sweet two weeks because I would get these videos from Lauren and I just knew they were falling in love. he was always by her side. He was a Velcro dog," he said, adding, "Moz hit the jackpot."
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