In recent weeks, thousands of beagles have been rescued from a life of misery and heartache after the Virginia breeding facility that housed them was ordered to close. The Human Society made efforts to relocate them.

Among the dogs who got a fresh start is this sweet pup named Sami. Like all rescued dogs, she had spent her entire life deprived of the most basic joys of being a puppy.

But now everything has changed.

Last Thursday, Karen Shrader and her family volunteered to open their home to Sami, taking him in as a foster dog. It was clear from the start that Sami wasn’t used to kindness, or to the fact that the world isn’t always a scary place.

“The first day she was very shy, but she asked for a dog bed in our family room,” Shrader told The Dodo. “She would only venture a few feet from the bed.”

Before long, however, Sami discovered the grassy yard. There she touched the grass for the very first time in her life.

And here is his reaction:

“Saturday she was zooming and chasing balls,” Shrader said.

Sami was delighted.

In the breeding facility, she had missed out on so much happiness. Now she has everything.

In just a few days, Sami has gone from a sad and shy dog ​​to a happy and playful puppy. For Shrader, it was a real pleasure to see his adopted dog flourish.

“It warms my heart to know that she started from a place where she couldn’t be a dog and now enjoys the freedom to run, play and feel the loving touch of a human! ” Shader said. “She has received love from my family and she gives us so much joy!”

Shrader hopes Sami’s story will help inspire more people to look into promoting these beagles, or help by donating to the Humane Society (more on this can be found here).

In the end, however, for Shrader and his family, being Sami’s adoptive parents just didn’t work out as planned.

“She won our hearts. We adopt her!” Shader said. “Yes, I am an adoptive failure!”