When Katie Newhouser was driving along her one of her usual routes in Rancho Cucamonga, she always stopped to greet a dog along the way.
Leo was a pit bull who Newhouser formed a strong bond with and when she found out Leo’s owner Tina had died, she knew she wanted to help. “When I found out that Tina had passed away, I was in shock and disbelief,” Newhouser told InsideEdition.com.
“I got to know Tina through Leo. As is the case with many of my customers that I have become friends with, I generally will know the dog’s name before their name,” she added.
Tina’s son Cannon had adopted Leo when he was a puppy, but being that he was away when his mother died, Newhouser didn’t want Tina’s mom to have to worry about the dog. “I let him know that I would take care of Leo until he returned. They had enough to deal with,” she said.
So, Newhouser took Leo into her home, but Leo seemed to be having a hard time since he was so close to Tina. “He would whine just before falling asleep at night,” Newhouser said. “I really do feel that he was missing Tina.” While this broke Newhouser’s heart, she knew over time Leo would adjust to her family and sure enough, he did!
Over time, Leo began to warm to up to Newhouser and he even bonded with one of her other dogs, Moose. Eventually, Tina’s family agreed it would be best for Leo to remain with her permanently as he was already bonding with her five other dogs and seemed happy.
“I feel that this was the best-case scenario for him. He knew me already and I feel as though there was a huge bond already between us,” Newhouser said. “He always is the first to greet me at the door when I come home and the one who is always closest to me when I sleep.”
Now, Leo will remain with Newhouser for life.
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