Rescue
Identical bonded pitties meet dad for first time
The two were completely inseparable, so it just made sense that they would be adopted together.
Cherie Gozon
06.24.22

Not everyone can adopt two pets at the same time.

It can be costly, and there’s a lot of adjustment needed. But when you see dogs rescued from the same inhumane situation they’ve been in, you can’t help but think of those two not having each other as they grow up.

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Most rescue groups would often call that a dream come true. And this story is one of those beautiful stories.

A volunteer and rescue group were notified about a group of dogs left behind on a property.

Harbin Slaughterhouse Survivors Animal Rescue (or Harbin SHS) is a group based in Harbin, North-East China. The group tries to save dogs in the region and beyond from the dog meat trade.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

When they were notified about the said property, they had to act immediately. They said that some loan shark negotiated with the landlords, and they would confiscate the dogs and sell them to the meat market.

The volunteers couldn’t believe what they had learned!

They went around and convinced the loan shark and landlord to let them take all 13 dogs with them. They brought them to the veterinary clinic to give them the proper treatment.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Two of the dogs they rescued were Backpack and Toad, who looked a lot like each other. Inside the clinic, the rescuers saw how these two bonded and were inseparable. They thought that it would be great if they would be adopted together.

A year later, they found the purrfect paw-rent for these two.

They flew Backpack and Toad to Los Angeles, California, to finally meet their dad, Jed Ballou. He was nervous and excited. He described that moment as “like having a baby being born.” Well, he had two right away, so those were valid emotions.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

What surprised Jed was how Backpack, who was very untrusting of people, went straight right up to him and started kissing his ear. He knew right then that it was love.

Jed admitted that taking this pair differed from other dogs he cared for.

For one, they’ve been captive their whole lives and were experiencing everything for the first time. The great thing about it was that they were experiencing all those things together.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

He didn’t force them to do anything to train them to be domestic or house dogs. What he did was to let them be dogs and explore their environment by themselves. They took everything so well, from the sea to snow to smelling the grass and flowers around.

And through time, Jed saw the true colors of his two new babies.

He described Toad as the bubbly yet obedient one. She was always happy with a smile, and those tail wags speak volumes of her happiness. But she also listened well to commands and did what she was told. She is a pleaser – never wanting anyone to get mad at her.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Backpack was another story. It took her a while to understand “human speak,” and she couldn’t take commands like Toad. She was always hyper – jumping up and down and wanting to play. Jed said she was like a two-year-old.

Nonetheless, Jed was happy to have found these two in his life. Check out the video of the pups meeting their dad below!

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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