Before experiencing happiness and serenity with Ross , a dog called Rex had passed through 3 other masters. Unfortunately, not all of them were as caring as the last one, who adopted him when he was a year and a half old.
A 4-year-old Mastiff / Dogue de Bordeaux cross, Rex had been the victim of mistreatment at the hands of his previous owners and had even come close to the worst. ” He was almost euthanized for what they thought was aggression, when it was actually fear and anxiety ,” Ross tells Newsweek .
This specifies that aggression and anxiety are often confused, even though their mechanisms and manifestations are different. An anxious dog often prefers to avoid situations he fears, while an aggressive canine opts for confrontation. Subtle nuances that Ross understands perfectly, and that’s what saved Rex .
The dog also provided extremely valuable support for his human when he was going through a difficult phase in his life. “ He was my first dog after the divorce, so we helped each other a lot ,” the Rochester , New York, resident says about it.
Ross has since remarried. He, his wife, their 3 children and 3 dogs form a close-knit family.
Accomplice dogs who help each other
Rex continues to make progress, becoming less anxious and more friendly. A process in which he is enormously helped by Winnie and Huxley , the 2 other dogs in the house. We can also see them in this video where they comfort him. A particularly touching scene shared on Reddit :
Rex is close to his two peers, but he has formed a special bond with Winnie . The dog in the white coat is deaf. Ross had adopted her after her rescue from the streets of Texas. Rex is much more relaxed in his presence. Winnie is also counting on him; Rex is, in a way, her ears and helps her understand her surroundings when she has more difficulty than usual to do so.