Dogs are fiercely loyal animals, but not just to their human masters. They can be loyal to each other, too, and form unbreakable friendships with other dogs.
That was the case for two dogs at a shelter in Richmond, Virginia, who were always looking out for each other—and formed a bond so special no one was willing to split them apart.
This is O.J., a 12-year-old dachshund, who was in the care of Richmond Animal Care and Control. However, he needs a little help sometimes—he’s nearly blind, and is always running into things.
Luckily, he has a friend who acts as his “seeing eye dog.”
Blue Dozer, a 90-pound pit bull, makes it his duty to be O.J.’s protector.
“He only loves him, like, with a vengeance,” shelter director Christie Chipps Peters told CBS News. “He loves him and no harm will ever come to this dog.”
The two dogs have had each other’s backs—even through some hard times.
O.J. and Blue Dozer ended up in the shelter under some unfortunate circumstances. In April, their original owner became homeless and out of desperation had to give up her dogs.
But the shelter promised the woman they wouldn’t split the dogs apart.
“We promised that we would keep them together and their life would be great,” Peters said.
That meant finding a new owner who would adopt the two dogs together—because clearly, they never wanted to be separated.
“They sleep together, they eat together, they lay together, they walk together, I mean they do everything together,” Peters said.
So the shelter sought someone who would take them in as a package deal. “We put them on Facebook. We got a lot of coverage because they are ridiculously cute.”
“We can’t stand the cuteness and kindness these two share,” they posted, according to The Washington Post. “Anyone willing to love a bonded pair of perfection?”
Luckily, a woman came forward in May and agreed to adopt both O.J. and Blue Dozer. The shelter happily posted that the dogs had been adopted, and it seemed like the dogs had gotten a happy ending after all.
However, that happiness didn’t last long:
O.J. was found on the side of the road.
Just days after seemingly finding a new home, O.J. was found, thought to be a stray and brought to Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center near Staunton, Virginia.
The blind dog was without his companion.
Through his microchip, the shelter was able to find his new owner. She was still with Blue Dozer, and while she denies she abandoned O.J., she said the shelter could keep him, according to the Post.
However, people were outraged—especially the RACC, who promised to always keep them together.
So they brought the dogs together again.
Peters convinced the woman to give up Blue Dozer, too, and the dogs were returned to their shelter where they were reunited and cared for—they wrote on Facebook they would be “snuggling them together” before trying again to find them a new home.
“We want it to be about the love of the dogs,” Peters told CBS News.
But in June, O.J. and Blue Dozer finally got their happy ending—for real this time.
They were adopted by a new family!
The RACC happily shared the news on Facebook, capping quite the emotional journey with these two friends:
“We are incredibly happy to share that OJ & Dozer were adopted together last night to a wonderful Richmond family!” they wrote.
“These dogs have taken us on a roller coaster ride of emotion and turmoil and yet remained steadfast in their love for each other and their ability to adapt and overcome vexing circumstances.”
You can continue to follow the adventures of O.J. and Dozer on the Instagram page their new owners have set up for them.
It looks like these two found the good home they’ve always deserved—and more importantly, they got there together.