The Odd Couple

Since this is Friday I'd like to keep the news upbeat, there's enough sad stuff out there. When I read the following article I knew...

Horst Hoefinger  |  May 1st 2009


Since this is Friday I’d like to keep the news upbeat, there’s enough sad stuff out there. When I read the following article I knew it would be the perfect way to end the week.

An odd couple from Virginia is inseparable. Even when the law came to pick up one of them, the other one decided to go too.

The cages at the Bristol, Virginia animal shelter are filled with dogs for the most part.

That is until about a week and a half ago when a dog and goat were picked up.

“I looked out my window and saw a goat and a dog walking down the street,” said Loretta Smith, who found the pair.

The animals found their way to Smith’s house in a Bristol neighborhood far from any goats.

“They stayed right together, and after the dog ate, the goat he laid down beside him then he got up and started eating the flowers then decided to walk over and dance on top of the car. It was so funny,” said Smith.

She said she has never seen the pair before and called animal control.

When animal control officers arrived on the scene, they only planned on taking the dog with them, but the goat had a different idea. That’s when officers realized the bond between this odd couple.


“She started to take the dog away, and I say ‘You’ll probably have to take the goat because he’s going to go with you,’ and he just trotted out through there and went to the truck,” said Smith.

“At that time, she decided to go ahead and transport both together. It was apparent they weren’t going to leave each other and that’s how they ended up here,” said Deena Bouton with the Bristol Animal Control.

The pair, now called “Thelma and Louise” are at the Bristol Virginia Animal Shelter where their bond is still going strong.

“If you take Louise out of the cage, Thelma, she had a fit,” said Bouton.

Officers hope to keep them together because the two are so attached to one another.

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