Lakisha Smith was out running errands one morning when she realized she forgot something and drove home to get it. She called her daughter and asked her to bring it out to her, and was waiting outside when she suddenly noticed a pit bull sitting in her yard.
The poor dog looked like he was in rough shape, and as Smith and her daughter walked by him, he just stared. He clearly needed help — and was hoping he’d picked the right yard to find it.
Smith’s daughter walked over and carefully pet the dog, whom they decided to call Poppy. He happily accepted her love, and the family knew they couldn’t just leave him there.
“I told her to feed him because he looked like he was starving,” Smith told The Dodo. “He was thirsty and very dehydrated. When I came back from running errands, my husband Trey and our daughter Ja’Mya and I bathed him. He was infested with fleas, had thinning hair and was very dirty.”
At first, Poppy was hesitant about his new home and needed some time to learn to trust again. He slowly began to warm up and bond with his new family, and it didn’t take long for his sweet, incredible personality to shine through.
Then one day, a man reached out to Smith on Facebook saying he was Poppy’s owner. Everyone was crushed, as they’d already begun to consider Poppy a member of the family. When the man arrived to claim Poppy, it was clear from Poppy’s reaction that he hadn’t taken the best care of him. After seeing how much Poppy loved the Smith family, the man decided to let them keep him.
“The guy walked away and said, ‘You have a good home now,’” Smith said.
“[The vet] said, ‘He has a will to live now … his new family,’” Smith said.
Poppy had no idea when he wandered into that yard two years ago how lucky he was about to get. He found himself the best family in the world, and now they can’t imagine their lives without him.
“We love our Poppy and he loves the Smiths,” Smith said. “He’s ours.”