An adorable dog named Liza had a rough start to life. Liza’s mom was abandoned by her family, and she was found roaming the streets, heavily pregnant. She was brought to a shelter right before she gave birth to Liza and her siblings.
The birth wasn’t easy on Liza’s mom, and Liza and her siblings struggled at first. The shelter staff wasn’t too sure that they’d make it.
They stayed strong, and slowly but surely, they all started improving.
Fast forward a couple of months and these canines were fully healed and incredibly energetic. Liza was one of those pups, and she was adopted by Debi Kolak when she reached the young age of just 13 weeks old.
The pup instantly fell comfortable in her new forever home, and she found a huge friend in Debi’s other canine, Mona. These two were truly inseparable and would have all sorts of adventures together, but then fate struck. Mona tragically passed away, leaving a huge void in the house.
Liza lost her friend and her smile that day, and she got extremely lonely.
In the meantime, Debi’s home situation had changed. She recently moved in with her boyfriend, who already had two older dogs, Jack Russells. The couple then hoped that Liza would feel less lonely with these other two four-footers around, but the three of them didn’t really get along.
The older pups didn’t make much of an effort to befriend her. Debi thinks that Liza was too energetic and playful for them, and given the age difference, she might be right.
Debi then started to entertain the idea of having an additional playmate around for Liza. Even though a fourth dog in the house would probably be too much for Debi and her boyfriend to handle, the couple kept thinking about this idea.
Despite the drawbacks and hesitations, they ultimately decided that the benefit of having a playmate for lonely Liza would outweigh the extra care and costs.
Debi then took Liza to the animal shelter one day to see if there was a pup that she could get along with really well. After meeting a few four-footers, Liza’s spirits were instantly lifted when she met Murphy.
Murphy definitely wasn’t the happiest, healthiest, or most popular pup in the shelter – quite the contrary, in fact.
Murphy had already spent five months in the shelter and was one of the older residents. He was adopted by a couple of families in the meantime, but he has been returned by the families three times.
Murphy himself seemed to have lost all hope – until he met Liza.
You could say that these two pups saved each other.
“Murphy was sad … defeated-looking,” Debi recalls in an interview with The Dodo. “He had a large scar on his head. He didn’t bark or run to the cage. He just sat there, pressed against the chain link of his tiny kennel… But I was drawn to his pitiful face.”
It seemed as if both Murphy’s and Liza’s worries all disappeared when they first laid eyes on each other.