Ginger, who was reunited with her first owner after 10 long years
Courtesy of Emily Lafasciano
How long will a dog remember its first love? Apparently at least 10 years, as a N.H. man can attest to.
As reported by ABC News on Feb. 20, 2013, Jamie Carpentier of Nashua was recently browsing online at the Humane Society of Greater Nashua and came across the listing of an elderly female Basset Hound that piqued his interest. While there were no photos of the dog online, the description sounded like his beloved Ginger, who went missing when Carpentier was going through a divorce in 2003.
Following his gut, Carpentier contacted the Humane Society and told them about Ginger, who surprisingly still bore the same name that he had given her years ago. Based on the estimated age of the dog and after comparing photos, they were all in agreement that it could very well be Jamie’s long lost friend.
Because of Ginger’s age, shelter workers fostered her in their homes rather than relegating her to a cage at the facility. When Carpentier went to meet her, there was no question that this was the dog that came into his life as a puppy so many years ago, and the bond was still there.
So where was Ginger all these years? Records show that Carpentier’s ex-wife had surrendered her to the Humane Society of Greater Nashua during the divorce. Adopted into a loving home, she was returned to the shelter in October 2012 because the elderly couple could no longer care for her.
One family in Chillicothe, Ohio is holding out for similar success in finding their dog. Soza, a female Shar-Pei, went missing on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 and the Davis family hasn’t given up hope that she’ll be found and returned.
Ginger brought love to another family for many years, and at 13, no one knows how many years she has left. What we do know is that she will spend the rest of her days with Jamie Carpentier, her first love. Let’s hope that Soza and the Davis family are as lucky.
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