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The story of Little Greg

January 30, 2011

There’s nothing out of the ordinary about Little Greg’s life these days. He’s just another dog with a home and family.

But this wasn’t always the case.

While most young pups get to frolic and play, Little Greg (LG for short) spent the first year of his life on the streets of Jackson, Tenn. with his mom*, Sybil, and dad, Sweetpea, searching for food, dodging cars, and just trying to stay alive.

Little Greg's first family.

Little Greg (front) with Sweetpea and Sybil (back) -- his first family.

When Sybil was in heat, LG would defend her from the other strays in area. He often got beat up pretty badly and as a result, he has scars on his legs, snout, and ears.

One of Little Greg's scars.

One of Little Greg's scars.

Luckily, before anything truly horrible happened, the rescue group Downtown Dogs caught the pack. At first, they said he was so scared of everything that he couldn’t even stand up. Slowly, though, and with the help of an amazing foster mother, Danielle, who basically dropped everything in her life to help him, he started to trust humans.

Little Greg shortly after he was rescued.

Little Greg shortly after he was rescued.

So how did this Southern dog find a forever home in Boston?

My boyfriend — also known as Human #2 — stumbled on his image and story on It was love at first sight.

Understandably, LG was terrified when we first brought him home. He laid in the corner, too scared to eat or drink. It was heartbreaking to watch. But after a lot of love — and some bacon — he opened up and turned out to be the absolute sweetest dog in the entire world.

When you sit down on the couch, LG immediately snuggles up to you — and stays there for hours.

Little Greg cuddling with Human #2.

Little Greg cuddling with Human #2.

When you offer LG a treat, he takes it out of your hand extremely delicately. If he wants you to pay attention to him, he gently taps you with his paws, sort of like he’s saying, “Excuse me. I’m down here. Can I be pet please?” And when we come home from work, his shakes his butt and does a little happy dance.

While he loves going for runs and laying in the grass, LG also loves just being home. It’s as though he appreciates having a roof over his head.

Catching some rays in the park.

Catching some rays in the park.

Naturally, LG still has quirks. He won’t eat if there’s a lot of people around. He’s terrified of bikes, unsure of most strange men, and skittish around loud noises and new objects. He’s weary of rain — probably because he never had any shelter from it on the streets.

But overall, LG is just another dog these days. And that’s exactly what he deserves.



Side note: In case you’re wondering, Little Greg was named after our friend who was moving in with us at the same time as the pup. We joked about which Greg would create the bigger mess in our house.

Without a doubt, it was Human Greg.


*Sybil and Sweetpea may not be LG’s biological parents — they could just be siblings or friends. However, there’s no way of knowing for sure and the initial guess is that they’re his parents.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2011 11:48 pm

    Awwww, I never knew LG had such a hard knock life before he came to live with you! He’s so lucky to have you guys. 🙂

  2. Jack Weiland permalink
    January 31, 2011 12:52 pm

    I love this.

  3. Jack Weiland permalink
    January 31, 2011 12:54 pm

    Re: Greg vs. Greg

    No contest whatsoever. Not once did Little Greg leave his beer bottles on the coffee table. Not ONCE!

  4. Michelle permalink
    January 31, 2011 1:37 pm

    What a great story! I hope you shared it with the rescue group that got LG off the streets. I know the Rescue Team and rest of the staff at the Animal Rescue League of Boston love to hear how the rescue’s are doing in their forever homes.

    • January 31, 2011 3:53 pm

      Bianca is friends with Danielle on Facebook and she saw the post! She was thrilled to see LG doing so well and looking so happy in his forever home.

  5. Jack Weiland permalink
    February 2, 2011 12:24 pm

    Not for nothing … but he is a god damned beautiful dog. Mutt Schmutt, who cares if you look as handsome as that guy?

    • Jack Weiland permalink
      February 2, 2011 12:27 pm

      (Continued boasting) … It should be noted that LG (and Sybil and Sweetpea) are the original “Downtown Dogs” and were the impetus for those fine ladies to start that organization (I believe). So, ya know, he’s kind of a celeb.

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