Two Indiana dogs met on the streets as strays and decided to stick together for the long haul.
Shortly after they hooked up, Jade, a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix, became pregnant by Ben, a 4.5-year-old mixed breed. Unfortunately, that’s when the Terre Haute Humane Society caught them and placed Ben in a shelter. Jade was dropped in a foster home until she had her puppies. The puppies were then adopted out, and she was reunited with Ben at the shelter.
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But not for long.
Ben was soon adopted by Courtney and Jason Lawler, and the two lovebirds were separated again.
It wasn’t for long, though, as Ben went on a mission to find her again. After about three weeks of living with the Lawlers, he escaped and traveled 10 miles through freezing temperatures to get back to the shelter and be with Jade.
The shelter workers knew Ben was trying to get back to Jade, and so they used her to lure him.
At one point, Ben saw Jade on the other side of a fence and ran over to her to lick her through the fencing.
It took awhile, but the shelter staff was able to catch Ben and reunite him with her. He was hesitant at first because he did not want to be caught by the shelter workers.
But once he was with Jade, they were both overwhelmed with excitement.
Soon, Courtney and Jason found out what Ben had done and knew they had to adopt Jade, too.
“He’d keep getting loose if we took him and not her,” Courtney said.
Debbie Floyd, president of the Humane Society board, said Ben and Jade “want to be together.”
“There hasn’t been a lot of human love in their lives. They found love with each other and that’s what makes them happy...hopefully, they will live their lives happily ever after.”