For ten years, a basset hound named "Ginger," was separated from her guardian following a divorce.
According to Saturday's Nashua Telegraph, the pair was recently reunited after a series of events that seem to be much more than merely a coincidence.
Right before Christmas, Jamie Carpentier of Nashua, N.H., said his final good-byes to a beloved boxer who died following an illness. It was the type of good-bye that leaves a guardian too heartbroken to consider dog ownership again.
Inexplicably, weeks later, Carpentier found himself perusing the website of the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.
It was not a website that he had visited before and he had no intention of adopting, but for some reason, he felt compelled to search through the list of dogs who were available for adoption.
As he searched, he came upon a listing for a basset hound named Ginger. Though the website did not have a photo of the dog, there were just enough details provided in the write-up to pique Carpentier's interest.
Ten years ago, his Ginger had gone with his ex-wife following the couple's divorce.
Carpentier knew that the odds of this Ginger, being his Ginger, were slim, but he followed an inner voice that urged him to dig deeper.
After contacting the shelter and exchanging photos, it became clear that the now homeless Ginger at the shelter was indeed, his Ginger.
Carpentier's ex-wife had surrendered the dog to the shelter back in 2003 and an older couple then adopted her. Recently, the elderly couple found themselves unable to care for her and returned the now senior dog to the same facility.
Ginger had been in foster care during her three month stay with the shelter, and during that time, more than one potential home had presented itself and then, inexplicably, the would-be new family fell through.
That is, until Carpentier came along.
After comparing the stories and the photos, a reunion was arranged by the shelter.
Carpentier told the Telegraph about that first meeting as Ginger roused herself from a nap:
She heard my voice. I walked up to her and she kind of gave me a couple of licks or kisses. And I was like, ‘She knows who I am, she remembers my voice.
Ginger's foster parents noticed Ginger's special reaction as well, telling the Telegraph:
“She went over to him and Kerry and I were both watching. She had never gave us kisses,”
“When she started licking his face, that was that moment you could tell she knew.”
Ten years later, a beautiful reunion made possible by fate, coincidence or divine intervention...some things are just meant to be.
Note: All photos courtesy of Erin Place with the Nashua Telegraph.
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