Sadly, we will never know. So many abandoned dogs never emerge from shelters, their dreams disappearing along with them. But we do know there is no dog like a shelter dog when it comes to seizing second chances. And running with them.
These are just a few of the dogs who once faced an anonymous ending at a public shelter - and are now living the dream.
Harriet was just a face in the crowd
Last spring, Fulton County Animal Services, a bustling shelter in Georgia, was facing a crisis. Too many surrendered pets. Not enough adoptions. The shelter was overwhelmed and many of the dogs needed medical attention.
"The staff were desperate for help," Clare Forndran, of Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, tells The Dodo. "And we agreed to take a group of their most senior dogs that would be least likely to find homes.
"All of the dogs from this pull were in particularly rough shape."