Rescue Dogs Rock NYC came to the aid of a dog named Riddick in 2015, after he had been thrown out of a moving vehicle. He was given some time to heal, got put up for adoption – and it wasn’t long until Bryan Junior and his wife found his picture on Facebook and fell in love. They adopted Riddick in August of that year, quickly becoming an important part of the family.
About a year after Riddick was adopted, his parents had a human baby boy of their own. And from the minute that Dawson arrived home, both Riddick and the other family’s pit bull, Cambria, became obsessed with him.
Junior said to The Dodo, “We would call them the paw patrol. If the baby cried, the two of them would come running inside to check on him. Every time he woke up from a nap we would say, ‘Baby Dawson is awake,’ and they would run in. They sit with us every night to this day when we read him a bedtime story, Cambria usually on my lap and Riddick on the floor. Dawson kisses them both good night and we put him to bed.”
The feeling is mutual as Dawson is equally as obsessed with his canine siblings as they are with him – and the little boy loves to climb all over them, cuddle with them and feed them whenever he gets the chance.
Earlier this year, Dawson got sick with the flu. It was his first time ever being really sick. The poor boy felt miserable as he was running his fever, so it made sense that he wanted absolutely nothing to do with anyone – except for Riddick.
“He crawled up onto the ottoman with Riddick and was just holding him,” Junior said. “You could tell Riddick knew he wasn’t feeling well and laid with him. He [Dawson] tossed and turned a bit and about 30 minutes later passed out cold for over an hour. Riddick never moved.”
Riddick was the only one Dawson wanted to comfort him while he sick. And of course, the dog was only more than happy to help. No matter what Dawson needs, Riddick is by his side, and his parents are only happy to see how sweet and protective Riddick is with Dawson.
“Riddick is the most well-tempered, chill dog you could ask for,” Junior said. “He’s just gentle, loving and tolerant of anything. Everyone loves Riddick. He’s just the pup you always wish for.”
Once Dawson was feeling better a few days later, he was back to normal – running around and playing with his two favorite dogs. And Riddick will no doubt be there by his side in sickness and in health, watching over him the way only a dog can.
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Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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