Dog Was Adopted, But He Refused To Leave His Mate Behind

Even though he found a loving home, a loyal dog named Ben trekked 10 miles in the freezing cold to be with his one true love … a dog named Jade. The love story between Ben and Jade is wonderful and unlike any I’ve heard before!

The two stray dogs met and fell in love on the streets of Terre Haute, Indiana. Ben, a 4.5 year old mixed breed and Jade, a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix, were well known in the community. Good Samaritans made sure the pair had food, but when Jade became pregnant last summer, the Terre Haute Humane Society caught them and brought them to the shelter.


Ben (top) and Jade.

The bonded pair were kept together and when Jade had her puppies, she stayed in a foster home until the puppies could be adopted out. The new mother and father were reunited back at the shelter until Courtney and Jason Lawler decided they wanted to adopt Ben.

They had Ben for about three weeks before he ran away to find his beloved Jade. He trekked 10 miles through freezing cold until he found his way back to Jade at the shelter a day later.

Although Ben clearly wanted to reunite with Jade, he also knew the shelter workers wanted to catch him and were using Jade to lure him out, Kali Skinner, of the Humane Society, explained.

On one occasion, Ben caught sight of Jade on the other side of a fence and ran over to her and kissed her through the fencing.

After a few more attempts, shelter staff managed to catch the evasive Ben and reunite him with Jade. When the bonded pair saw each other, they were overjoyed. When Courtney and Jason learned what Ben had done, they knew that Jade had to become part of their family too. Courtney said, “He’d keep getting loose if we took him and not her.” The two dogs are doing well at their new home.

Debbie Floyd, president of the Humane Society’s board said the two dogs wanted to be together. “There hasn’t been a lot of human love in their lives,” she said. “They found love with each other and that what’s make them happy…Hopefully, they will live their lives happily ever after.”

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I’m so glad Ben and Jade got their happy ending!

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