It’s a sad day whenever dogs are surrendered to a humane society. The saddest and most difficult cases to understand often involve people who were unprepared for the responsibility of caring for a dog no longer wanting to put in the effort.
For two dogs named Blue Dozer and OJ, that wasn’t quite the case. They had, in fact, had a very loving owner, but she had fallen on hard times.
Recently homeless and without the means to care for her two furbabies, she did what she thought was best and relinquished them to the local shelter.
But she had a condition: the two, a bonded pair, needed to stay together.
“She said they had been living in her car for a while and she had been through some other personal things recently,” said the director of the shelter Christie Chipps Peters.
“All she wanted was to find them a new home together.”
Besides being a bonded pair, Blue Dozer (a 6-year-old pit bull) was something of a “seeing eye dog” for OJ (a 12-year-old dachshund). OJ was nearly blind and depended on his buddy to get around.
Peters said that they don’t often see odd couples like this. “It’s so comical and sweet,” she said.
“Blue is like this super tough muscular guy, then OJ is a teeny tiny dachshund. Seeing them together is super cute.”
“They’ve been pals for at least four years, so they have this understanding of sticking by each other. When we’d go outside, it was like OJ was Blue’s little shadow.”
Soon potential adopters were also charmed by the adorable duo, and applications swept in. After carefully perusing the applications, new owners were selected and the canine pair was on their way to their new home.
A few days later, OJ was found wandering alone along a road. A kind man spotted him and took him to another nearby shelter, and the questions began flying fast and thick.
The family that had adopted them claimed that they’d never intended to separate the two and that they’d asked a friend to keep an eye on OJ since he nipped at someone.
How he ended up on the streets is unclear, but the family who adopted them insists they’re not the monsters, as some people are claiming.
The RACC shelter got OJ back and contacted the woman who had adopted the two, asking if she would consider bringing Blue Dozer back so they could be together again and try to find a home with someone who could take them both in.
Fortunately, she agreed, and the two were reunited. Hopefully, these two friends will be able to find a home more suited to their needs where they can live out the rest of their days together in peace.
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