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Shelter Throws Wedding for Two Senior Dogs So They Can Be Adopted Together


It’s no secret that when a dog’s story gets out on social media and goes viral, the pup will earn a following. There are four-legged social media influencers all over the place, and the media attention is good for dogs who are searching for a forever home.

Not much is known about these two pups’ backstory. They’re into their gray-muzzled years and are guessed to be 7 (Diane) and 10 (Jack) years old.

Someone had owned them or at least cared for them, which was evident in the way they were found: wandering around a cemetery with their leashes tied together.

Jack is a gray-and-white pit bull and Diane is brown and white. As members of the older community, they enjoy a slow-paced life and appreciate not having their naps interrupted by younglings of the human or animal varieties.

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Their age and need for a pet– and child-free home has made them difficult cases, and they have spent more than their fair share of time at Kennebec Valley Humane Society in Maine.

“Jack & Diane have officially stolen the title of ‘Cutest Couple of 2019’, and even though the year just started, we’re pretty certain they’ll blow Kim & Kanye out of the water any day, any time,” the humane society wrote on a Jan. 16 Facebook post.

“AND THE BEST PART IS that they’re up for adoption! You could add this dynamic duo to your household and have endless smiles, laughs and cuddles ?

“They have a fee of just $50 and are ready to find their forever folks! ?”

The two were clearly bonded and Director of Operations Stevanie Roy told the Huffington Post that Jack is smitten with Diane and vice-versa.

“She always gets super excited when getting reunited with Jack, and is always found doing a little dance when she sees him coming towards her,” she said.

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Despite blasting Facebook with cute pictures of the snuggly old duo, no one has stepped forward to make their dreams come true. So, in a bid to give them their best shot, the humane society held a “wedding” for the senior couple.

“Jack & Diane have finally made things official and tied the knot, and what a beautiful celebration it was!” the humane society wrote on Feb. 7. “Our blushing bride and handsome groom may be considered ‘seniors’, but they will forever be young at heart!?”

“And you know where they’d like to go for their honeymoon? Home. ?”

This bride and groom are all vetted and their adoption fee includes more vet care. They’re looking for a home near Augusta, Maine, where they can live out the rest of their doggy days in a quiet, safe and loving home.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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