His former family, according to Urgent Dogs of Miami, even took off his collar and leash with them when they dropped him off here.
An image of the sad dog in the festive sweater made the rounds on social media, with one CBS news crew dubbing him, "possibly the most famous dog on Facebook."
All, it seemed to no avail. The system, it seemed, was already gnawing at the edges of Bobby's emotional state.
Bobby's body language suggested the scourge of shelter life, a behaviour some call "kennel craziness," was setting in.
He was shutting down.
Then came his late Christmas. On Wednesday, Bobby was adopted.