Ben walked 10 miles in a 24 hour period from his new home in Youngstown Meadows back to the Terre Haute Humane Shelter he was adopted from.
He ran away just three weeks after being adopted in order to return to Jade, a 1-year-old German Shepherd.
Ben and Jade were both strays; they were inseparable. When Jade got pregnant last summer, adoption counselor Kali Skinner of the Terre Haute Humane Shelter (THHS) took Jade and her puppies home for 8 weeks, and found homes for all 6 puppies.
Jade was then reunited with Ben at the shelter until December when Courtney and Jason Lawler adopted Ben.
Three weeks later, On Dec. 28, Ben escaped the house while Jason was taking out the trash, distracted on his cell phone.
He made it to the shelter and saw that Jade was kept behind a fence. While he was careful not to get caught by the workers he was able to “kiss her through the fence,” said Skinner.
Trying to capture Ben for hours, shelter workers tried to use Jade to lure him but “He knew it was a trap,” Skinner said.
But the workers did eventually catch Ben.
In response to the 10-hour trek, Courtney and Jason adopted Jade, allowing Ben to be near the love of his life once more.
Courtney said Ben is “content and happy because he has Jade,” and Jade “still has a lot of puppy to her.”
Ben and Jade “want to be together. There hasn’t been a lot of human love in their lives,” said Debbie Floyd, president of the Humane Society board. She told the Tribune Star, “They found love with each other and that’s what makes them happy … Hopefully, they will live their lives happily ever after.”