Boomer was a shy 6-week-old shelter puppy when he got adopted into his forever home. Right after adoption, the poor baby was so scared and withdrawn that his family wondered how to make him feel safe and comfortable in his new surroundings. Thankfully, the family soon found a unique solution to the problem!

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This video was taken on Boomer’s first night with his family, and it captures the puppy’s adorable encounter with his “first friend” in his new home! At the beginning of the video, we see Boomer cautiously shriveled up on a cozy blanket. We can tell he’s trying his best to avoid any interaction with his parents. But soon, an adorable “squeak” in the room compels him to respond!

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Boomer’s eyes widen with wonder as Mom brings him his very own blue hippo squeaky toy! Within seconds, Boomer loses all inhibitions and embraces the squeaky toy as his comfort companion. He excitedly nuzzles at the toy with love and even thanks Mom for the thoughtful gift!

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Over the weeks, Boomer’s bond with the toy only grew stronger and he refused to stay away from his “hippo” buddy even for a second. The stuffed toy’s soothing presence not only helped Boomer transition into his new life, but also motivated him to open up to his doting parents. What a sweet little story!

Click the video below to watch how Boomer’s endearing friendship with his “first friend” changed his life!