As the saying goes, a dog is man’s best friend. When two canines were abandoned and left on the street, however, they found companionship in each other. Indeed, even after they had been rescued and taken to a shelter, the doggy duo wouldn’t part. Thankfully, though, their story has a heartwarming ending.
Meet Bonnie and Clyde – two adorable pooches strolling the streets in Arizona without an owner. In time, they were scooped up and taken to the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) center in Phoenix, where they were fed, sheltered and given some good old TLC. But it soon became clear that there was something special going on between the dogs.
Clyde, the little one, is a Chihuahua mix and was still just a pup when he was rescued. Bonnie, on the other hand, is a Labrador retriever mix and several years his senior. According to the shelter, Clyde is energetic and adores attention – a “firecracker” – whereas Bonnie is the chilled-out, more “mellow” one of the two. Admittedly, they make for a bit of an unlikely pair. But for Bonnie and Clyde, opposites attract, it seems.
And the dogs themselves are named after the infamous criminal duo Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The couple’s 1930s robbery spree across the U.S. has made them two of the most notorious outlaws in American history. Suffice to say, though, that the canine Bonnie and Clyde are altogether more well-behaved.
Furthermore, although it’s not known whether Bonnie and Clyde were abandoned by the same owner or if they formed an attachment later on, it quickly became obvious to shelter staff that the two dogs were incredibly close. Indeed, the canine companions were so devoted to each other that they were practically joined at the hip.
Yes, Bonnie and Clyde would nap together, play together and go for walks together; Clyde would even become agitated if Bonnie ever walked outside of his field of vision. The two dogs loved each other’s company so much, in fact, that they even got their very own kennel together – not something that happens often at the shelter.
And friendships can sometimes act as coping mechanisms for animals who find themselves abandoned. According to Jose Santiago, a public information officer for MCACC, two dogs will occasionally form a close bond in order to help each other through a stressful situation. That said, Bonnie and Clyde’s way of showing their connection was sometimes a little off the wall.
Indeed, there was one particular aspect of these canine companions’ relationship that may have raised some eyebrows. How? Well, it was all to do with how little Clyde interacted with his taller buddy: typically, he chose to sit on top of Bonnie.
That’s right, whenever the two dogs chose to go for a stroll, Clyde would ride along on Bonnie’s back. Even just hanging out in their kennel, the small Chihuahua mix would be perched happily atop his larger part-Labrador chum. And even though Clyde chose to climb off his buddy when it came to naptime, the pair would still maintain close contact. Meanwhile, Bonnie, for her part, didn’t seem to complain about Clyde being astride her.
Of Clyde’s choice to sit on Bonnie, Santiago would explain in a 2017 interview with The Dodo, “Initially we thought it was a fluke, but it started happening a lot.” He added, “Now it is unusual to not see [Bonnie and Clyde] that way. They are as bonded as you can imagine.” Moreover, it seemed as if Bonnie had grown particularly protective of her little friend – acting as something of “a mother figure,” according to Santiago.
But as the pair of pooches’ friendship continued to blossom, shelter staff realized that they may be faced with a problem: the dogs would have to be adopted as a pair. If separated, they may be heartbroken, and clearly they’d already been through enough. But would MCACC be able to find a family happy to adopt both animals?
“It’s comforting to know that [Bonnie and Clyde] are bonded so strongly to alleviate any stress,” Santiago added to The Dodo, “but it also stresses the importance of them going home together.” However, employees at the shelter weren’t the only ones who would take notice of the lovable duo and their need for a joint adoption.
In fact, the devoted dogs and their heartwarming story began making local headlines, while pictures of Bonnie carrying around Clyde on her back spread across social media. Upon hearing the pair’s tale and seeing the shots, internet users would also offer comments of delight and surprise. A number of individuals reiterated the need for the furry friends to go to a new home together too.
“Someone please adopt these two together soon,” one Facebook user wrote in response to an MCACC post about the dogs. “I love this picture of them! Please everyone share their story so they can get adopted this weekend. They have been there a month now,” another user commented. But as the best friends’ stay at the shelter went on, it was feared that they may not get the happily ever after they were owed.
Then, sure enough, it began to look as if the shelter staff’s wish of a fur-ever home for Bonnie and Clyde would finally be granted. One family who had come across the duo’s story on Instagram visited the care center eager to learn more. And while the Hayes clan looked around at plenty of the dogs up for adoption in the shelter, they just couldn’t keep away from Bonnie and Clyde.
So, in the end, the Hayes couldn’t resist the pair’s bond and came to the pooches’ rescue. That’s right: the family adopted Bonnie and Clyde together and took them home. “Their bond is so special,” Lindsay Hayes would tell azfamily.com in 2017.
What’s more, MCACC often uses social media to keep customers up to date with pooches who are up for adoption – as was the case with Bonnie and Clyde. Understandably, then, the facility posted an update on Facebook to let everyone know that the pair had gone to a happy home together. “Bonnie and Clyde have a new home! The Hayes family has adopted Bonnie and Clyde… and from these pictures, I think they are all one big happy family!” MCACC’s post read.
Certainly, Bonnie and Clyde did indeed look delighted with their adoptive family. And, of course, many people who’d followed the pair’s story were thrilled by the good news. “What a wonderful shelter to think about the best interests of the dogs, and what a wonderful forever family,” one Facebook user wrote after seeing the photos of the dogs with their new owners.
Sadly, though, abandoned dogs like Bonnie and Clyde don’t always find their happy endings. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, around six and a half million animals are given to shelters annually. However, just half of that number find new homes like Bonnie and Clyde did. What’s more, about one and a half million U.S. cats and dogs are euthanized every year in shelters. Thankfully, however, that wasn’t the case here.
Indeed, the doggy duo are lucky, as thanks to social media, the shelter was able to find them a forever home. And, hopefully, many other animals will find a friendship like Bonnie and Clyde’s. After all, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.