Sadly, not all adopted dogs find a forever home. Last September, a family with four kids adopted a 3-year-old brindle boxer mix, called Rhino Lighting (Rhino for short). He lived with the family for a few months, but they took him back to the shelter because they felt that he was a little too active to live with their small children. However, to make Rhino’s next transition easier, one little girl had filled a notebook with a set of instructions and other important information, and it shows how precious their bond actually was.


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“Hi, if you are reading this, you must own Rhino now,” the girl started. “He was my puppy. I really hope he is in a good environment. I really miss him. I wish he knew that he was a pretty puppy.”

She then explains how to take care of Rhino. For example, the girl talks about taking him out for a run two or three times each day, bathe him once a month, and, of course, give him lots of love. “Rhino is a good dog and he loves cuddles. Just don’t tease him with treats — he will start to bark like crazy, then you have to just try and calm him.”

While it’s sad that Rhino was taken away from this girl who loved him so much, he only had to spend a weekend inside the shelter. Another family adopted him, and they even took the notebook! “They’re going to keep his name Rhino Lightning,” Deann Shepherd, director of marketing and communications for the Humane Society of Utah, told The Dodo. “They’re going to make sure they give him a bath and daily runs and everything that she said. It’s really cute.”

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Meet Rhino, a 3-year-old brindle boxer mix who had to go back to the shelter because he was too active for his new family

He arrived at the Humane Society of Utah with a notebook full of instructions and notes, from a girl who loved him with all her heart

“Hi, if you are reading this, you must own Rhino now. He was my puppy. I really hope he is in a good environment. I really miss him. I wish he knew that he was a pretty puppy.”

“Rhino is a really intelligent puppy. He is a very amazing puppy. Rhino needs lots of attention. He loves people.”

“Rhino is a good dog and he loves cuddles. Just don’t tease him with treats — he will start to bark like crazy, then you have to just try and calm him.”

“Rhino is a striped dream,” she continued.” His cheeks make a lot of slobber. Please tell Rhino that I love and miss him every night.”

“His full name is Rhino Lightning, then your last name. Please don’t rename him.”

“He likes sleeping under blankets. Rhino also hates kennels. Sometimes he gets really happy and runs around you.”

She tried really hard to express herself, but some pages were a bit hard to understand

Rhino was lucky enough to be adopted a second time, only a few days after coming back to the shelter

His new owners took the notebook with them and promised to try to follow all the instructions. They even kept his name!

It took only a couple of months before Rhino developed a bond with the girl that will last a lifetime