One lucky dog’s owner was recently reunited with his 13-year-old basset hound after being separated for almost 10 years.
Jamie Carpentier of Nashua, New Hampshire always wondered what happened to his beloved dog following a divorce in 2003. Unknown to Carpentier, his ex-wife gave the dog up to the Nachua shelter where she was quickly adopted by an older couple.
Purely by chance, Carpentier was surfing the Humane Society of Greater Nashua one night last month where he happened across a description of one basset hound that really caught his eye: “I have the longest ears and the biggest heart of any dog you will ever meet! I am an older girl, but I still have a lot of spunk left.”
According to ABC News, the elderly couple returned the dog, Ginger, to the shelter when caring for the animal became too difficult.
For older animals, adjusting to a shelter can be a tough transition so staff of the Humane Society let Ginger stay at their homes while waiting for a new family to adopt her.
Carpentier managed to get staff members on the phone and compare photos of his lost dog with Ginger. It wasn’t long before they realized that Ginger was indeed Mr. Carpentier’s long lost companion.
Noelle Schuyler, an event and outreach coordinator for the Humane Society shelter, said, “She’s a little bit more white now … but she has three markers on her side that matched up.”
NY Daily News reported that Carpentier visited the shelter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and, following a short sniff, Ginger immediately recognized her previous owner.
“It was almost like she had never left my sight … She got up as soon as she saw me, walked up to me, looking at me and started kissing me on the cheek,” Carpentier said.
“She’s going to live with me ‘til the end … I just want her to be happy and live a good dog life.”
That’s one lucky dog and one equally lucky owner.
“Jaime is her person … [and] she’s absolutely his dog,” Schuyler said.