"Apparently he had been left at the school playground the night before by somebody," Jon Bozak, Brinks' rescuer, told The Dodo. "He was never mistreated. Somebody just decided to give him up. My neighbor told me years later that he had seen Brinks wandering that night."
Bozak wasn't in the market for another dog - he felt that he already had his hands full with Demo, who was an older pit bull. Furthermore, Bozak said, Demo could be finicky about which dogs he got along with.
"He was just looking out the window. Then he started smiling. I was like 'This is crazy, this dog is grinning. This is nuts.' I didn't want another dog. I figured another 65-pound pit bull was going to be a lot to handle. But Brinks was too awesome to be true."
After putting up flyers around the neighborhood to make sure someone wasn't desperately looking for Brinks - and getting no response - Bozak decided to become Brinks' new dad, making him a permanent member of the family.
"Honestly, he really does smile and grin," Bozak said. "It's definitely a submissive type of grin. But it's also a happy grin at times. If you put a treat in front of him, he's going to grin. If he's sleeping next to you, he's got a grin on his face while he's sleeping."
Bozak noted that Brinks is a very communicative dog - and his smiles say it all. He lived with Bozak's other dog, Demo, for six years before the older dog passed away. Now Brinks is an "only child," but Bozak doesn't worry too much about how Brinks is faring.