Surrendered to a New York City shelter nearly two years ago, a mother and son bonded pair were lucky enough to find new homes; the only downside – the dogs were adopted by different families. A heartwarming reunion brought them together again!
According to Best Friends Animal Society in New York, Emma, a 65-lb. pit bull basset hound mix was adopted by Don Lavenhall and his husband Jeffrey Lewis. Slick, the young puppy found a new home with his foster parents Evan and Kristina Jensen, who, in no time, decided to adopt him. The lucky dogs settled into their new lives, and in February, Kristina had arranged quite a surprise for Slick. Through Best Friends, Kristina was able to reach out to Emma’s family, and it was decided a doggy reunion would be arranged at Riverside Park in upper Manhattan.
“As Slick made his way to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Monument, his tail began to wag in excitement. Standing across the wide marble plaza was someone he didn’t expect to see. It was his mother, Emma,” wrote Best Friends Animal Society on their blog.
Emma recognized her puppy in a second. Within minutes tails were wagging.
“They started literally jumping for joy. It was so heartwarming to see Emma lower her guard with another dog and watch her play with such total ecstatic joy.
Shannon Kirkman, foster and adoptions coordinator for Best Friends in New York, knows stories like this don’t happen everyday, but when they do, it sure makes us smile and gives advocates even more reasons to support our rescue organizations. Both dogs are thriving in their new homes. Slick enjoys subway rides and weekend excursions. Emma, who is affectionately called the “Houndessa” by the building staff where she lives, has been working at her cat sharing skills with 13-year-old feline Tim.
Slick and Emma have enjoyed two play dates with each other since their adoptions – some bonds just last forever; just one more reason we love our dogs.
(Reunion photos via Best Friends Animal Society Stacey Axelrod)
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