A pair of dogs captured the hearts of animal lovers almost four years ago.
In 2013, workers at the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter came across a blind Husky, Isaac, that had been wandering the street while accompanied by best buddy Isabella. The chihuahua-terrier mix may have been the smaller of the pair, but she was the one in charge of keeping them safe. Without her around, Isaac was like a different dog—timid and easily disoriented. Whenever he wandered out of sight, Isabella called for him until he returned. Isaac trusted her completely.
“It’s just really remarkable how she’s always trying to be aware of where Isaac’s at and you know if he’s not right behind her, she’ll stop and wait for him to catch up with her,” a staff member at an animal hospital later said to KTLA. “It’s really funny, and I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
Unfortunately, the San Bernardino shelter couldn’t keep them around for long. They needed to free up space for incoming animals, so both dogs were scheduled to be euthanized. The shelter workers tried for a last-minute miracle by sharing Isaac and Isabella’s story on Facebook.
According to the Huffington Post, the pair’s plight caught the attention of a Los Angeles animal rescue organization.
“There’s a work relationship between these two,” a representative said to KTLA. “And there’s a love relationship between these two and how they know what the other needs or what the other is saying is amazing. It’s like an old couple that’s been married for 60 years and they just know what’s going on with the other person.”
The shelter agreed to release both dogs, but even at the rescue organization, it wasn’t easy to find the perfect home. Not only was Isaac blind, but as a bonded pair, the two of them should ideally be adopted together, specifically by a family without cats. “[Isabella’s] far bigger than any of the cats but she acts like they’re tigers or something,” a team member said, according to the Telegraph Sun.
Luckily, there were plenty of people willing to help, and the Telegraph Sun reported that the pair ultimately went to a loving family. “In all my years of working here,” a shelter employee reportedly said, according to their website, “it’s the happiest I’ve ever been that a dog could find a new home.”
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