But such was Tully's luck to be picked up as a stray on the streets of Long Island and brought to the local shelter.
His howling disdain for being in any space with a gate was such a severe issue, it may have even been the end of him.
"He just did not do well," Elyse Giurco, founder of Road to Home Rescue Support, tells The Dodo. "Some dogs can handle being kenneled. Some cannot. He did not do well."
Still, Tully would spend too many months in the kennel he loathed so much - until Giurco heard about the dog who refused to be locked up.
"I went and met him and fell in love with him," she tells The Dodo. "So we pulled him."
And, for a while, it seemed the luckless dog may have finally found a little grace.