Adopted Dog Brings Brings Fabulous Joy Back to Adopter’s Life
Inspired by his Queer Eye makeover, Kenny’s adopted dog, Fab is the best friend he needed most.
Kenny + Fab
Kenny was grieving the loss of his dog when Queer Eye’s Fab Five helped turn his life around. But it took an adopted dog named Fab to truly help Kenny feel fabulous again.
"There was no hesitation in my mind that I wasn't going to take Fab home with me that day."
The week of September 24, 2018 changed my life forever. My nieces and sister nominated me for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear on Season 4 of Queer Eye in Kansas City. When the Fab Five came to my house, they noticed I still had dog bowls out… but no dog. There was even a clip of his dog hair on my fridge. My best buddy, Bo, suddenly passed away in January 2018 and it was hard for me to just throw those out. I even have a framed quilt in my home that says, “A dog loves you when no one else does” because dogs are truly a man’s best friend.
The Fab Five truly changed my life that week by helping me clean up my house, updating my look and giving me confidence. Little did I know that Jonathan and Antoni would help me adopt a new buddy from the Kansas City Pet Project. And that’s where I met Fab.
Although you can’t tell in my episode, Fab struck me right when I walked into Kansas City Pet Project. He looked identical to my late buddy, Bo, and he was a yellow lab. Fab was so quiet and made direct eye contact with me compared to all the other dogs. There was no hesitation in my mind that I wasn’t going to take Fab home with me that day. And since Queer Eye and the Fab Five especially have changed my life for the better, I decided to rename my new buddy after them: Fab 5. But I just call him Fab for short.
Originally, Fab was found in downtown Kansas City just wandering the streets alone (his former name was Akio). Kansas City Pet Project took him in immediately. Fab also had a very bad skin disease and was skin-and-bones when he arrived at the shelter. With the help of Kansas City Pet Project and my veterinarian, Fab was officially cured of his skin disease by the holidays. And I could tell immediately that he felt better because his playful, puppy personality came to life again.
Adopting Fab was truly the cherry on top of my-once-in-a-lifetime week with the Fab Five, and I’m forever grateful for their passion for helping me find my new self and a new buddy — all at the age of 64.
Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Kenny won Kansas City Pet Project in Kansas City, Missouri a 2019 Holiday Wishes award.