Cleveland Police Officer John Lyons discovered an emaciated and pregnant Mastiff mix while on routine patrol one night. He managed to get the soon-to-be mom off of the street and to a veterinarian.
Officer Lyons is no stranger to stray dogs. In fact, he often rescues them and finds them forever homes.
“In the course of basic patrol, unfortunately, there is a need out here for helping stray animals and if coming across them. If the night permits and we can help a stray animal out, I’ll get it and if it needs vet care I run it up to the good folks at Westpark Animal Hospital and they help me out.”
What makes this story different, is what happened next. The dog, now named Clarice, went to stay with Lyons after she received medical attention. And then, the officer and his wife helped to deliver Clarice’s puppies.
Perhaps it was this incredible experience that bonded the human and the dog. Or, maybe it was simply fate. Whatever the cause, the two became soulmates. The moving photo below shows Officer Lyons and Clarice asleep on the floor next to one another.
Despite Clarice’s dire condition, all of her puppies survived and have since been adopted. As for Clarice and Lyons, the pair have formed a bond that will last a lifetime.