Millie is normally a happy dog. She loves nothing more than spending time with her dad, who rescued her from a shelter four years ago. For the past few weeks though, he’s been away for work. And his faithful dog back home began showing signs of depression.
“Millie was becoming withdrawn and had stopped eating,” daughter Carolann told The Dodo, adding that the dog has separation anxiety.
Initially, Carolann tried to help Millie cope by having her Dad on speakerphone, but that only seemed to make things worse. The dog would slump away sadly as if hearing his voice only reminded her how much she missed him being around. That was before Carolann had an even better idea.
“I thought it would be a funny alternative to print his face off, laminate it and attach it to something,” she said. “My sister’s old room is full of toys so I figured those would be the best option.”
Carolann admits the toys look a little strange — especially the one with her dad’s face on the body of Patrick Star, from “Spongebob Squarepants” — but much to her surprise, Millie took to them immediately.
“Millie absolutely loves them,” said Carolann. “
It still may be a little while longer until Millie is reunited with her dad in real life, but until then, the ‘dad toys’ are saving the place in her heart that she keeps just for him.