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Man reunited with dog a decade later

February 28th 2013 5:37 am
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By Laura Moss,
Mon, Feb 25 2013 at 3:16 PM

Jamie Carpentier, of Nashua, N.H., told himself “no more dogs” after his boxer died on Christmas Eve. But in January he found himself browsing the Humane Society of Greater Nashua’s website, where he was shocked to find a listing for a 13-year-old basset hound named Ginger.

There were no photos of the dog, but her description read, "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."

"It can't be her," Carpentier recounted to The Nashua Telegraph. "It's been so long."

Carpentier lost his 3-year-old dog Ginger in 2003 when he and his wife divorced. Then, without his knowledge, his wife gave the basset hound to the Nashua shelter, where an older couple adopted her.

But in October — almost 10 years later — the couple returned Ginger to the shelter because they were unable to care for her any longer.

Curious if the dog could actually be his Ginger, Carpentier emailed the Humane Society to ask for a photo of the dog. He compared the shelter’s photo with the puppy pictures he’d saved, and saw that the markings were the same. Ginger was his dog.

Carpentier visited the shelter on Jan. 21 and Ginger immediately recognized him.

"She heard my voice. I walked up to her and she kind of gave me a couple of licks or kisses. And I was like, ‘She knows who I am. She remembers my voice,'" he said.

After that, Carpentier changed his mind about the no-more-dogs policy, and he and his fiancée and daughter adopted Ginger on the spot.

"She's going to live with me 'til the end," Carpentier told ABC affiliate WMUR-TV. "I just want her to be happy and live a good dog life."


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Barked by: Jamaica - A Rainbow Girl (Dogster Member)

February 28th 2013 at 5:44 am

Another one found through!

Now what kind of jerk gets custody of a dog then turns him over to the shelter?!
Barked by: Cathey U

February 28th 2013 at 6:45 am

What a great happy ending!
Thanks for bringing these to us Jamaica.
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

February 28th 2013 at 7:03 am

What a great story!
Sad parts, all come to a happy ending!
Barked by: Abby - Forever Loved (Dogster Member)

February 28th 2013 at 8:27 am

That was such a pawsome story!
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

February 28th 2013 at 2:36 pm

I read this on Free K .... WONDERFUL !!!

Pity the ex was clearly into revenge... but at least the sweet dog had a good life.. and it will now be good to the end !
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

March 1st 2013 at 2:13 am

It are pretty terrible that his ex wife gave the dog to a shelter instead of letting him take her. But I are glad they got back together!
Barked by: Jamaica - A Rainbow Girl (Dogster Member)

March 1st 2013 at 5:40 am

Thanks for the comments, furiends.

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