When this couple was finally ready to adopt a dog, they knew that they wanted the perfect addition to their family. However, they never expected to fall in love with a dog in a photo before they’d ever met him in person. The couple was shown the cutest photo of a very sad looking dog in a shelter and they immediately knew they had to adopt him! You won’t believe how much happier he looks these days.
20. New Apartment
Jessica Williams and her boyfriend Jared were finally settled into their new apartment. The couple was super excited because this new apartment building finally allowed pets. They couldn’t wait to get one!
19. Dream Come True
It was a dream come true for Jessica who had been looking forward to adopting a dog for the longest time. Jared told Jessica that they could look into adopting a dog around November when her birthday would be coming up. However, she was too excited to wait.
Jessica was way too excited to wait until her birthday to start looking at dogs. She began to look through many different shelter’s websites and photos. Then, she came across a dog that she immediately fell in love with.
Benji is a stray dog that had been picked up by animal control in Los Angeles. He was brought over to a huge public shelter where he remained for a while. He was very scared of humans and he also had a flea problem that was causing him to lose his fur.
16. Impossible To Forget
With his flea infestation, his lack of fur, and the fact that he was incredibly wary of humans, Benji didn’t seem to be anybody’s first pick. However, as soon as Jessica saw the sad looking photo of him she knew he needed her and she needed him – so she headed to the shelter to meet him!
15. Can’t Leave Him
“He was at the shelter for 10 days and wasn’t handling it well,” Jessica Williams told The Dodo. “He would snarl and snap at people as they walked by. I had never seen a sadder dog and knew we couldn’t leave him there.”
14. Long Drive
Jessica and her boyfriend happen to live all the way in Sacramento. The drive to Los Angeles took them about six hours. In their hearts, they knew that Benji would be worth the long drive.
13. Lack of Confidence
Finally, Jessica and Jared reached the shelter after six long hours of driving. When they got to the shelter they immediately inquired about Benji. However, shelter staff continued to dissuade the couple from adopting him as they didn’t have much confidence in the dog.
“The shelter also told us he wasn’t friendly and refused to take us into a calm waiting area to get to know him because ‘he wouldn’t be a dog that would come over to us to be cuddly,’” Williams said. “We knew that he had a high possibility of being euthanized and didn’t want him to die.”
11. Official Adoption
Despite the shelter staff continuously dissuading the couple from adopting Benji, Jessica and Jared were also persistent about adopting him. The couple had their mind made up and were set on adopting Benji. So they officially adopted the dog into their family.
10. Drive Back
So the couple packed up Benji and began the six-hour drive back to Sacramento. However, it wasn’t very easy as Benji was pretty nervous around his new parents. The couple did their best to keep Benji calm and comfortable.
When Benji finally arrived at his new home, he was pretty nervous. He kept his distance from his parents and it took him some time to finally relax and settle in. Benji seemed to be very confused about why he was in a new surrounding.
8. Working Hard
Jessica and Jared could see just how nervous Benji was. So the couple decided to put all of their efforts into making sure that Benji was happy in his new home. It soon paid off.
7. New Personality
Over the course of the next few days, Benji’s personality underwent a huge transformation. Although Benji started off as quite a shy dog, his true personality started to shine through. The couple was so excited to see such a wonderful and drastic change.
6. Safe & Comfortable
Once Benji finally understood he was in a safe and loving environment his true personality came forth. He immediately turned into a sweet and playful dog that the couple couldn’t get enough of. They were so excited about the change!
“He loves to come up and lick our faces and play with his toys,” Williams said. “[Benji] is such a goofball now! He has crazy zoomies after he gets bathed. He will also start barking the second we get in the car as if to say, ‘We have to start moving! Let’s go!’”
4. Family Time
Now Benji can’t seem to get enough of his family! He adores spending time with them and the family loves to bring him with them wherever they go. You won’t believe how happy he is now.
3. Happy Dog
Benji is an incredibly happy dog now and his smile never seems to go away. Whether he’s at a restaurant with his parents or in bed cuddling with them, he always has the same big smile on his face! However, there’s still some progress to be made.
2. More Progress
Benji still has a lot of progress to make but his parents are more than willing to help him along throughout the process. After only three weeks, Benji has made astonishing progress. The couple can’t wait to see how things will be in a year from now.
1. Taking A Chance
Jessica and Jared are so happy that they decided to take a chance on Benji. The couple is so grateful that they listened to their hearts when it came to adopting a dog. Benji is also incredibly happy that his new mom and dad took a chance on him as well.