Shelter Dog Reunited With Original Owner After 10 Years

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A 13-year-old Basset Hound named Ginger has been reunited with her original owner after 10 years apart purely by coincidence, according to the Nashua (New Hampshire) Telegraph.

When James Carpentier lost a dog to illness on Christmas Eve, he took the loss hard, swearing it was the last dog he'd ever own. "No more dogs," Carpentier said. "I'm done." But it's difficult for a dog lover to go without a dog for long, and Carpentier soon found himself browsing adoptable dogs on the Humane Society for Greater Nashua website. That's when he saw a familiar face.

A Basset Hound on the website looked like the one Carpentier's ex-wife had won custody of in their divorce 10 years ago. The shelter dog was also the same age as Carpentier's former dog, and had the same name, Ginger. But Carpentier was skeptical of the coincidence. "It can't be her," he said. "It's been so long."

Carpentier never knew that his ex-wife surrendered Ginger to the animal shelter after the divorce. An older couple adopted Ginger and took good care of her for 10 years. When they became unable to care for her any longer, they did what the shelter asks and reluctantly returned her to the facility's care.

Ginger spent three tough months at the shelter. She came close to adoption several times, but each time, the plans fell through, frustrating the shelter staff who desperately wanted to find a home for the dog. Then, by sheer coincidence, Carpentier found her.

Carpentier emailed Kerry Hildebrand, the shelter's vet tech, and it soon became apparent to all that Ginger was indeed the pet that Carpentier owned in the dog's youth. Carpentier discussed recovering Ginger with his family, and visited her on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

After 10 years, Ginger hadn't forgotten Carpentier. "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,'" Carpentier said.

Outreach coordinator Noelle Schuyler knew that the man and his dog had reunited for good. Said Schuyler, "She never gave us kisses. When she started licking his face, that was that moment you could tell she knew."


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Martha Robertson

That ex-wife is HORRIBLE! She really puts the "B" in a word that has "itch" in it!!! I am so happy for him that he found his beloved Ginger...and that Ginger was in a good home for the 10 years after the "B" gave her up. Happy, wonderful reunion for Ginger and Mr. Carpentier...

February 20 2013 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Being shot is too good for her..... We also lost one before the Holidays, and started looking beginning of year. Ginger is very lucky and so is the owner.
At least she had people who loved her in the interim

February 19 2013 at 6:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Robin Wilburn

that's so great that he was able to reunite with his beloved pet.....

February 19 2013 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know! What an awful, awful woman!

February 19 2013 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great ex-wife. Takes his dog then abandons it. She should be shot.

February 19 2013 at 3:12 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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