Skip to comments.Dog Treks 10 Miles in Freezing Cold to Find Beloved Mate
Posted on 11/12/2013 10:40:06 AM PST by nickcarraway
This is the best canine love story you will read today or possibly ever!
If you thought dogs dont have feelings, get ready to change your mind.
Ben, a 4 1/2-year-old mixed breed (above left), and Jade, a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix (above right), were two strays who met on the streets of Terre Haute, Indiana, and fell in love. (Yes, dogs can fall in love.) The pair was well known and cared for in the local community, but when Jade became pregnant last summer, the Terre Haute Humane Society (THHS) brought them to their shelter.
The couple were initially kenneled together, but after Jade gave birth to six puppies, a THHS adoption counselor Kali Skinner took the mom and babies home to take care of them for eight weeks. She eventually found homes for all six puppies. Jade was timid, but a very caring mother, Skinner told the Tribune-Star.
The new mother and father were reunited back at the shelter until Courtney and Jason Lawler decided they wanted to adopt Ben, but not Jade. They decided that one pet was enough, partly because they have a 3-year-old son who can be quite a handful himself.
They should have checked with Ben before separating him from his mate.
The Lawlers had Ben for about three weeks in December 2012. Just after Christmas, on Friday, December 28, while Jason Lawler was taking out the trash and talking on his cell, quick-pawed Ben seized his chance, raced out the door and kept running. And he didnt look back.
He trekked the ten miles to the shelter in the bitter cold, arriving back there the following night to look for his love.
Dogs are awesome if only all people were as loyal!
Jacob Harrod, an adoption counselor at the shelter, says hes never seen anything like this happen before. He recalls arriving at work and being totally shocked when he saw Ben outside the fence. We were amazed, really, really surprised! says Harrod. But he adds that Ben is very skittish, and obviously didnt want to get caught.
From The Tribune-Star:
Jade was inside a fence, and Ben was out. She must have been warning him, because he would not go inside. He did, however, kiss her through the fence, said (Kali) Skinner, (of the Humane Society), one of several who worked feverishly to capture the street-savvy Ben.
The shelter workers renewed their efforts on Monday, New Years Eve, and finally used a dart gun to tranquilize and slow him down, although he put up a long, hard fight once again and it took another several hours before they captured him.
There ensued a happy reunion, with the two dogs barking and wagging their tails furiously.
When Courtney and Jason Lawler heard from THHS what Ben had done, they decided that they had to adopt Jade along with Ben. Hed keep getting loose if we took him and not her, Ms. Lawler told NBC2 News.
The happy couple are doing wonderfully together, according to Harrod. Since the two were adopted as a pair, the THHS has checked up on them and apparently life is good. Lets hope Ben and Jade will never be apart again.
If this story doesnt bring tears to your eyes, you are tougher than me.
Dogs in love ping!
Two dogs often work out better than one. I have a seven and a half year old Pitador and a two and two thirds year old Great Dane. They’re greatest of friends and an absolute ball to live with. Surprisingly, adding a second dog often makes it better to live with both than with either one alone.
Bet they have beautiful puppies.
“If we were only the people our dogs see us as.”
I have a sadder dog story to tell. When I was ten my neighbors had a mutt named Rover. The neighbors had several kids but Rover bonded to me, followed me everywhere and spent many happy hours running in the fields with me or sitting in little fir-bough huts that I made and read my books in
Then the neighbors moved away. Rover tried to return to his previous home, my sister said it was because he was coming back to me.
But he was hit by a car and killed when he was almost all the way back. Glad it turned out better for this other doggy
That was so many years ago but still makes me sad when I think about it.
Yes. They are a handsome pair, but I doubt that there are more puppies in their future.
“That dog ain’t that smart. He knows the rules but I beat him tree out of five times.” - Boudreaux
beloved mate, not check mate
What if they see us as we are and love us anyway?
I’d go 80%.
Thank goodness he didn’t come across any police during his escape.
“cared for in the local community, but when Jade became pregnant last summer, the Terre Haute Humane Society (THHS) brought them to their shelter.”
Instead, the THHS should’ve first at least taken Jade and spayed her. Never mind Ben.
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