Around 4,700 miles away, Lauren Cohen was at home sifting through dog adoption pictures. She saw Marilyn.
Again, love at first sight.
"My mother's name is also Marilyn, so it was just too coincidental," she tells The Dodo. "Then I saw all the pictures of her and Libby."
There had been a dog-shaped hole in the lives of Lauren and her husband, Dan, since their own pet passed away a year ago.
"She was a special dog, so it took me a long time," Lauren says.
Just one dog-shaped hole.
But how do you separate dogs who have suffered so much - and found so much comfort in each other?