When an elderly man in New Jersey passed away, a little family of beagles was left without a home.
The four dogs had been living in a pen in the man's yard and, according to rescuers, it seemed they were never allowed in the house. But the dogs were very much bonded with each other.
But the man's family didn't want to take the dogs in. When animal control came they only found two dogs left in the pen — Penny and Buster — and assumed the family had given the other dogs, their puppies, away.
Penny and Buster were bonded, but Buster had health problems that needed to be taken care of. He was sent to an animal hospital for treatment. And Penny went to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge (RBARI).
But Penny seemed incredibly down.
"Penny was super lonely in the shelter without Buster," Frannie D'Annunzio, spokesperson for RBARI, told The Dodo. "She was put with other dogs, but she was just so sad."
As it turned out, though, Penny's kids hadn't been given away — they'd gotten scared and managed to escape the pen before animal control arrived.
Just as a possible adopter was being arranged to take Penny, her daughter Sarah was captured and brought to the shelter. The dogs were so happy to see each other. But then Penny went to the potential adopter's home for a trial period.
After just two days, Penny ran away. "This broke my heart," D'Annunzio said.
That's when RBARI called on a woman famous for her dog-catching skills, Nicole Asher, founder of Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery (BDRR).