“I promised them I wouldn’t let anything bad happen to them,” says Officer Parker, the policewoman who found Bonnie and Clyde.
The dogs were running free along a Tennessee highway while their owners were cooking methamphetamine in a nearby motel. After saving the dogs and gaining legal custody, she made another promise: “I would never separate them.”
Bonnie and Clyde, both three years old, have placed their lives in each other’s hands. Bonnie is all Clyde has, and vice versa. If they are separated even for a moment, they whimper until they’re back together once more.
Bonnie and Clyde prefer to be physically touching one another at all times. Parker learned early on that when she put one in a crate, the other would squeeze inside. When Bonnie has a bath, Clyde hops in with her. During walks, they step in tandem; when Bonnie finds a spot to pee, Clyde lifts his leg and pees next to her, in the opposite direction.
In Bonnie and Clyde, Parker sees a love story more powerful than any told by humans. They massage one another with their paws, clean and groom each other, and kiss each other’s bellies. They sleep curled into one another.
Bonnie and Clyde won’t eat unless they’re beside each other. Parker has even tried bribing them with their favorite McDonald’s foods, but neither dog will take a bite until they see their friend eating too.
“If they had to live without each other, Bonnie and Clyde would wilt away and die. They’d grieve themselves to death,” says Parker of their remarkable bond. It’s a friendship unlike any other, and she’s constantly astounded by the tenderness they have for one another.
Throughout her career as a police officer, Parker has seen the true extent of mankind’s capacity for evil, but meeting Bonnie and Clyde has shown her that for every act of hatred, there exists a greater act of love. It’s witnessing the kindness of these two dogs that has, as she puts it, “added years to her life.”
For the past sixteen months, Bonnie and Clyde have lived together in a boarding facility, paid for by Parker. Unfortunately, Parker has run out of funds to continue their care, and she fears for their future.
Bonnie and Clyde need a home as soon as possible. Both are gentle with humans of all ages, including children and the elderly, as well as other dogs and cats. If you think you might be their hero, email Parker at [email protected] or call 423-278-4622. They are in Tennessee, though they could be transported for the perfect home.
If you cannot adopt or foster, please consider donating to their boarding costs via Paypal. You can send a donation directly to Parker at [email protected] Simply enter her email address and a donation amount of your choosing.