Meet OJ and Dozer, two dogs that took the internet by storm in May when their sad story was covered by CBS news. It all began when OJ, a blind dachshund who has something of a goofy look to him, and a pitbull named Dozer, who acted as a make shift guide dog for his sausage-shaped pal, were left at a shelter by an owner who was no longer able to physically care for them. At the time the shelter immediately recognised that they were a bonded pair, and so only listed them as a couple when it came to adoption.
What happened next left many people online furious and formed a large part of the subsequent coverage. An anonymous woman, named only as Colleen, agreed to care for the dogs and adopted them. However, a short while later OJ was brought back to the shelter on his. He had been found dumped on a roadside wearing a collar – it was clear that Colleen had adopted the pair fully with the intention of only caring for Dozer and ditching OJ.
Thankfully there was uproar, and the shelter soon managed to find Colleen and get Dozer back. Now, long after the saga was first covered by CBS, the pair have finally found themselves a forever home! The shelter where they were being homed recently announced, via Facebook, in a statement reading:
“We are incredibly happy to share that OJ & Dozer were adopted together last night to a wonderful Richmond family! These dogs have taken us on a roller coaster ride of emotion and turmoil and yet remained steadfast in their love for each other and their ability to adapt and overcome vexing circumstances.
Please keep in mind that we don’t *try* to kill you with cuteness. It’s the dogs. Not us. With that, please meet OJ and his guide dog, #stubbydog Blue Dozer aka Dozer. They’re a bonded rescue pair: https://t.co/14qgfXDPAf#AdoptDontShop #RescueDogs #RescueDogsOfTwitter pic.twitter.com/OwF8K9SKgX— Stubby Dog Project (@StubbyDogs) June 6, 2018
“We hope that their story helped showcase the work that we do at RACC and the commitment we have to each animal in our care. So many people (from across the world) have reached out to us in support and encouragement-thank you! While we are grateful that OJ & Dozer’s story ended happily, the reality is these two dogs make up a very tiny fraction of the animal population we serve and support each year.
“We save thousands of lives and help thousands of people without fanfare or any media coverage. For those of you that want to help us continue that work and have offered (multiple times) to make a donation for their care, we have started a fund in honor of OJ & Dozer through our Foundation. Gifts made to this fund will allow us to support emergency medical care, outreach in our community and will especially include interventions to help people keep their pets.
“We were unable to close the gaps and solve the issues facing their previous owner to enable a reunion; perhaps through this new fund we can help other people and the pets they love stay together. Thank you to everyone that shared this story, that loved these wonderful dogs from afar and for those of you that offered kindness in the face of indignation. We are forever grateful to you.”