Heartbroken child pens note to shelter as family dog surrendered

A spiral notebook filled with pages and pages of instructions addressed to the new owner of his dog named Rhino Lightning, written by a heartbroken child, after his dog was surrendered to a shelter ended with,

“Please tell Rhino that I love and miss him every night.”Rhino Lightning letter 1

Just one week ago, the three-year-old adorable brindle Boxer was surrendered to the Humane Society of Utah. The family had adopted the sweet dog six months ago, but the energetic pooch proved too rambunctious for the family with several small children and would unintentionally knock them down while playing. Maybe he wasn’t the best fit for the family, but nevertheless one young child was so saddened he wanted to make sure the dog’s new family knew all about him; and in a good way:

“Hi, if you are reading this you must own Rino now. He was my puppy. I really hope he is in a good inviorment. (sic) I really miss him. I wish he new (sic) that he was a preaty (sic) puppy…Please tell my ‘striped dream’ that love him and miss him every night.

Also included were the child’s observations about Rhino slobbering, loving cuddles as well as loving to sleep under the blankets. The child warned the dog’s new family not to give him tennis balls because he chews them up, doesn’t like the snow and in the summer is not a fan of swimming. Also Rhino doesn’t like cats, but he is “honestly just adorable.”Rhino Lightning letters

The Humane Society of Utah is looking for a new home for Rhino. Because he is a lively guy, children in the home should be at least eight-years-old. (Fill out an adoption application, if you’d like to be considered.)  According to the shelter, Rhino is a bit nervous in his kennel, but does fine when he is outside and able to romp around. He is house-trained and has a special liking for peanut butter.

On the organization’s Facebook page on Sunday, Rhino was scheduled to have a “meet and greet” with an interested family, but on Monday morning, his adoption photo stating he is still available for a lucky family remains on the website.  (updated at 10:55 p.m.) Please share Rhino’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photo of Rhino described by heartbroken child courtesy of Humane Society of Utah.)

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20 replies
  1. Kathleen Drude says:

    It’s ridiculous that this family gave Rino up for adoption! So he knocked the kids over! Siblings do that and worse to each other! When I was a kid I used to bounce around like a nut with my brother and sisters! Every Thanksgiving we would have the kids football game with our cousins if they threw the ball to me i would throw it in the air and run the other way my cousins where big! We always had dogs and we would rough house with them! Not to mention I knew how to ride a horse before I could walk! Kids fall down kids rough house this little boy should still have his dog! That dog can’t cause more damage than the kids themselves are going to cause themselves and each other!

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  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    I guess there was too much “trianing” involved so ship the dog out! What is this teaching your children? When they get too rambunctious or get into trouble will they be gone too? Praying Rhino, hopefully his new family won’t give up on him! PS: I raised two daughters from infants with a German Shepherd. Somehow we made it through without having to dump the dog.

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  3. Althea Armstrong says:

    This is sad! When I was about 8-9 my family had a dog named Pinky, oh how I loved that dog! My parents for some reason chose to get rid of her. My heart was broke!!! I have never forgot that dog, thought alot of her through the years. Always wondering if she got a good home! I am 65 now! That should never be done to a child if it can be helped!!!!!

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  4. Star Shelley says:

    Too sad for this pup, I pray that he gets,a,loving home that understand he likes to play and does not mean to knock down the children. This family did not choose the right dog for their family, should hsve gotten a small poodle instead.

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    • Barkley's Mom says:

      And if they get a Poodle, the dog will have some other issue they won’t want to deal with. Maybe it bites too much, chews the kid’s toys. The whole problem with this family is they don’t want to be bothered to train the dog. The are better off not having one period!

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  5. Darla says:

    This is BS. It’s not that difficult to train a dog not to jump on people. Sure, it takes time and patience. My heart breaks for Rhino and his best friend, a devastated little boy. Way to go, slacker parents, to teach your kids that it’s okay to give up and shove a “problem” onto someone else.

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  6. andy garcia says:

    why did you choose a big breed dog if your going to throw him away after he gets a little bigger , most likely he will be put down rather sad, I feel the parents should have taken the time to find him a forever home to easy to take to the shelter and dump. .

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  7. Joyce Dutrisac says:

    Tragic and cruel of this Fucked up family to give Rhino up for adoption; this will affect this little boy for a long time coming

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  8. willie hines says:

    If they loved this dog that much , they could of found him a forever home instead of taking to a shelter , this is a lot of stress for a young dog , besides having the chance to be put down ,, , I really feel sorry for this poor dog wish you the best rhino,

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  9. linda says:

    Parents couldn’t be bothered to train Rhino? Hoping Rhino finds a loving forever home with owners that will have the patience that the previous owners lacked.

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