#1 Dog Treks 10 Miles in Freezing Cold to Find Beloved Mate by algernonpj 12.11.2013 15:50

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I don't know about weird and wacky, but you couldn't make this up. A heart warming story of canine devotion.

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



Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on March 22, 2013. Enjoy!

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.
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http://www.care2.com/causes/dog-treks-10...loved-mate.html

Also at:
www.tribstar.com/ news/ x2056575226/ Canine-pair-prove-puppy-love-is-real

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