Loyal Dog Sticks To His Best Bud In The World To The Very End

All canines deserve to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a loving home. In order to flourish, they need our infinite love and protection.

Seeing that many cold-hearted dog owners dump their pups in dangerous places is deeply saddening. Left to fend for themselves, the pooches try to survive while holding out hope that their family will come back for them.

Heart and Soul, two best friends, fought for their survival, too, after they were abandoned near the highway. After being let down by their family, they found comfort in each other. 

Help Is On The Way

the dog with the owner is standing in the meadow
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

The two best friends were inseparable until one day, Soul was hit by a car on a highway in St. Louis. After seeing that her beloved friend had been injured, Heart became very worried and started barking. A group of people gathered around them.

Donna Lochmann, the chief lifesaving officer at Stray Rescue of St. Louis, happened to be driving along the same highway. She was headed to the shelter. As soon as she saw that there was an accident, she pulled over and rushed to see how she could help the dogs. 

Heart’s barking was getting louder and louder.

the dog is riding in the car
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

“She was barking at people and being protective. She wasn’t being aggressive, but she was letting people know that that was her friend, he was hurt and she was keeping an eye on him,” said Lochmann.

The rescuer carefully approached Heart, and after putting a leash on her, she took her to her car. After she secured Heart, Lochmann gently carried Soul and placed him into the back.

They were on their way to the shelter, and the worried pup kept checking on her injured friend.

Saying Goodbye

two dogs lie leaning on each other
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

After they arrived at the shelter, Heart refused to leave Soul’s side.

“She watched and would kind of keep an eye on the vet,” Lochmann said.

Unfortunately, the X-rays showed that Soul’s injuries were far more serious than they had thought. The shelter staff and the vet team were heartbroken because they couldn’t do anything for him.

They let his best friend come into the room to be by his side as he crossed the rainbow bridge. When Heart entered the room and saw Soul, it seemed as if she understood everything.

“She laid with her head on him, like she was hugging him goodbye. As he went peacefully, she was right there,” Lochmann said.

two painted dogs on a leaf
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Seeing Heart saying goodbye to Soul left all of the shelter staff members brokenhearted.

They were determined to do everything in their power to comfort Heart and help her overcome her grief.

Her caregivers gave her a much-needed bath, and let her have some rest. They gave her a lot of love and attention, stroking her and trying to comfort her.

Soulmates Will Always Be Together

a woman with a pendant in her hand
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Deeply moved by Heart’s strong connection to Soul, the shelter staff found a way to keep the soulmates together. 

They attached a pendant with Soul’s ashes to Heart’s collar. The keepsake also had a golden wing as a symbol of Soul’s presence in her life. He is her guardian angel who will look after her from doggy heaven.

Heart didn’t stay long at the shelter in St. Louis, and she soon went to foster care. Her foster family knew how to console her, showering her with love and affection. 

Heart Starts A New Life

the children are sitting on the couch with the dogs
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

On January 31, in 2023, the rescue was thrilled to announce that Heart found her forever family. Heart’s story resonated with her new parents because they went through the same heartbreak after one of their dogs, Cheyenne, passed away. 

They fell in love with Heart, and were convinced that they were the perfect fit.

The family’s dog, Bo, was happy to welcome Heart into their home. He knew exactly how she felt since he also lost his best friend.

Heart’s parents believed that she was meant for them, and they healed each other’s emotional scars.

They adore her, and Bo became Heart’s loyal companion. Both pups love spending time with their parents’ grandsons.

Heart leads a happy life. She loves snuggling with her family and doing zoomies. The faithful pup will never forget her best friend, Soul, and she still has the pendant with his ashes attached to her collar.

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