Getting tucked in every night is the only thing that gives Prince the pit bull comfort at this upstate New York animal shelter.
A shelter dog who insists on getting tucked in at night has people falling in love. Prince is a two-year-old Pit bull mix and has gone viral because of his special routine.
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in New York says Prince came to them five months ago after he slipped his leash and ran away. Although they contacted the person who was supposedly looking after him, that person never came to claim him. The pup was terrified and curled up in the back of his kennel when he first arrived.
“He took a long time to warm up to us,” Nancy Haynes, director of behavior and enrichment at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, told The Dodo. “Even when you approached his kennel, he would sit in the back and cower and shake. You would usually find him curled up in a ball at the back of his kennel.”
“We followed up, expecting that she would come to redeem him, but she never did,” Pearson said.
Pearson said they’re now looking to find Prince a new home, and spent the last several months training him to sit and drop a toy on command.
The staff gradually learned that Prince would settle down when he was tucked into bed at night and now it has become part of his daily routine.
“Prince gets a tuck-in from one of his favorite volunteers,” they shared, along with a sweet video.
“This sweet 2-year-old loves toys and has very good manners. He knows sit, down and paw, and is always willing to learn more for treats,” they wrote. “Like many royals, he wants to be the king of his castle, so no other pets for him.”
They added that he absolutely adores being snuggled. That’s not always the first impression potential adopters see when they’ve visited Prince because he tends to bark at strangers when they approach his kennel.
But the one-on-one attention he’s been getting and his nightly routine are making him far calmer and revealing his true temperament.
Shelter staff are hoping that people will see he’s actually a love bug and that he will be adopted soon.
Here’s more footage of Prince being tucked in.