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Dog Treks 10 Miles in Freezing Cold to Find Beloved Mate
Care2 ^ | November 11, 2013 | Judy Molland

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 don’t 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 didn’t 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 he’s 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 didn’t 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 Year’s 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. “He’d 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. Let’s hope Ben and Jade will never be apart again.

If this story doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, you are tougher than me.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dogs

1 posted on 11/12/2013 10:40:06 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Joe 6-pack

PING


2 posted on 11/12/2013 10:46:06 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Woof!


3 posted on 11/12/2013 10:46:55 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: nickcarraway; Joe 6-pack

Dogs in love ping!


4 posted on 11/12/2013 10:47:10 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: nickcarraway

5 posted on 11/12/2013 10:48:34 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: nickcarraway

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.


6 posted on 11/12/2013 10:49:02 AM PST by libstripper (Asv)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Bet they have beautiful puppies.


7 posted on 11/12/2013 10:51:23 AM PST by madison10
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To: nickcarraway

“If we were only the people our dogs see us as.”


8 posted on 11/12/2013 10:59:39 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: madison10; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition; Revolting cat!
You know how hard it is to find a good bridge partner?


9 posted on 11/12/2013 10:59:47 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: madison10

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.


10 posted on 11/12/2013 10:59:56 AM PST by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: madison10

Yes. They are a handsome pair, but I doubt that there are more puppies in their future.


11 posted on 11/12/2013 11:08:14 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: a fool in paradise

12 posted on 11/12/2013 11:17:55 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

“That dog ain’t that smart. He knows the rules but I beat him tree out of five times.” - Boudreaux


13 posted on 11/12/2013 11:22:06 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: JoeProBono

beloved mate, not check mate


14 posted on 11/12/2013 11:43:10 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Kartographer
"“If we were only the people our dogs see us as.”

What if they see us as we are and love us anyway?

15 posted on 11/12/2013 11:44:56 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN
“If we were only the people our dogs see us as.” What if they see us as we are and love us anyway?

That would make them more Chirstian than 50% of Chirstians.
16 posted on 11/12/2013 12:37:06 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

I’d go 80%.


17 posted on 11/12/2013 12:38:57 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: nickcarraway

Thank goodness he didn’t come across any police during his escape.


18 posted on 11/12/2013 2:28:06 PM PST by OB1kNOb (If govmt is stockpiling guns, ammo, food, & meds, don't you think it's a good idea to do the same?)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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19 posted on 11/12/2013 3:55:29 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

“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.


20 posted on 11/12/2013 4:01:43 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: nickcarraway
...Jade, a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix

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Another German Shepherd named Jade =>

Dog Finds Newborn Abandoned in Park

A retiree was walking his German Shepherd, Jade...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3087326/posts

21 posted on 11/12/2013 8:20:38 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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