So after Sab's mandatory seven days in the shelter (in case someone claimed him), the Lawsons took Sab home to meet their children and two other rescue dogs, Tarka and Abby.
At first, Sab practically lived under the Lawsons' kitchen table. "He just wasn't like a dog should be," Natalie Lawson tells The Dodo. "He didn't know how to play or be around people." To help Sab adjust to his new life, Paddy sat under the table with him, stroking Sab's fur and letting him know he was loved. Slowly but surely, Sab gained confidence and started to follow Paddy anywhere he went. He also became fast friends with Tarka and Abby, and the Lawsons' children. "Once Sab came home," Natalie says, "it was very clear that Paddy would not be able to part with him."