One of the many incredible things about rescue animals is that they seem to know they’ve been rescued. Though sometimes subtle, pets have a way of showing gratitude to the people who’ve shown them kindness. When a Virginia woman named Charity Golloway noticed a stray dog frequenting her yard, she set him up with a heated shelter. Butter, as she called her visitor, grew immediately protective of his chosen family.
On a Thursday in early December, Butter began barking incessantly outside of Golloway’s window. His restlessness was out of character for the typically docile dog, so immediately, Golloway was alarmed.
“He knew something wasn’t right and that someone needed to know,” Golloway told WJHL. “He’s a smart dog.”
As she rolled out of bed, Golloway heard the unmistakable sound of glass shattering. Though her smoke detector remained silent, heat from a fire demolished the house’s front window. The source of Butter’s anxiety became immediately clear, and Golloway jumped into action to get her two kids out of the house.
When the fire department arrived, Butter was back to his normal self – playing, greeting his guests, and thoroughly enjoying the attention. A photo of Butter and one of the firefighters quickly went viral on Facebook, leading to an unexpected message from a stranger.
Butter was not a stray at all – according to the Facebook message, Butter’s real name was Cooper. Cooper had run away from home during the summer, and though his family searched for him, their efforts led nowhere. Evidently, because Cooper had inadvertently started a new life with Golloway and her family. Thanks to the power of social media, Cooper would finally be able to go home.
“He’s going to be leaving us and that makes me want to cry, but I’m happy for him,” Golloway explained. “We will be staying in touch.”