There's a first time for everything — and in Roo's case, it's knowing that she's loved.

A few years back, the sweet golden retriever was dropped off at a high-kill shelter, left to die before having never truly lived.

Still very much a puppy, she'd spent her entire life denied even the most basic pleasures, including a plaything to call her own. Fortunately, that changed when she was rescued by her new dad, Brian Beker.

"Roo the one-year-old rescued Golden Retriever who never had any toys, or so much as anything to chew, grew up imprisoned, starved and neglected," Becker wrote while sharing a charming video of Roo's happy new life. "This is the first time she gets to choose her own toy at a pet shop."

Roo has come a long way since this video was first uploaded to YouTube in 2012. She's since become a poster pup of sorts, highlighting what beautiful things can result when a shelter dog is given a chance.

Responses to "Dog Who Never Knew Love Gets To Pick Out Her Very First Toy"

  1. Anonymous says:

    i cant beleive the cruelty of so many people on this planet so much evil in their bones to mistreat so many gorgeous beautiful dogs i am so glad for the lovley man who has taken in this beautiful soul and shown her so much love you are a hero in my eyes thank you so much Val in Perth Western Australia

  2. Snow Wolf says:

    Awww that's beautiful!

  3. Love to see some people have so much love for our best friends, THE ANIMALS. it was great thanks!

  4. Margaret neary says:

    Mr Beker I just want to say thankyou for being Roos earth angel she will give you so much love xx

  5. Lell says:

    Awww why would anyone treat such a beautiful girl like that? My big boy has so many toys he has his own basket, I love ordering stuff online for him and when it arrives we let him open the packet, which he LOVES!

  6. Tanja says:

    How proud she was to carry her new toy! Amazing beauty. I hope she gets over her past quickly! Gob bless. May all peoples hearts open for the beauty of all beings.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How lovely :)

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