UPDATE, July 12, 2016:
These guys are now officially living the good life. Make that the great life.
They're living in San Diego with their new mom Monica Bahr -- who recently, and unexpectedly, lost her beloved elderly Pit Bull .
Monica began following Bridget and Louie on the Facebook page Kasey and Tyler set up for their fosters
, right around then.
"I was devastated and felt I needed at least a 6 month break before I adopted again. But I kept seeing Kasey's posts about Bridget and Louie and one day, just sent her a Facebook message," Monica tells us. "I filled out the application and the rest is history. She and Tyler drove Bridge and Louie out to me on June 4."
Bridget needed surgery soon after arriving, when she tore an ACL while romping at a dog park. That's put off some training that Monica was hoping to begin with these two. She's not worried about the delay, she says. "They're young and we have plenty of time."
Monica is now keeping the Bridget and Louie Facebook page
full of photos and videos of the pair enjoying their new home. We're so happy you all found each other -- and that we can keep watching their lives get better and better!
UPDATE, May 6, 2016:
After being in their foster home for the last four months, Bridget and Louie
They are no longer sick, skinny, and terrified.
Now, they are healthy, they are happy, they are "the perfect mix of lazy and playful," says foster mom Kasey Hersperger.
Now, they are ready for a permanent home.
The two should, of course, be adopted together. Adoptions nearby to the Houston area would be best; farther-flung adopters won't be ruled out.
Kasey tells BarkPost
that she also hopes for new people who will be understanding that Bridget and Louie can sometimes be a little uncertain still, can sometimes get a little anxious.
Yes, it'll be hard to let Bridget and Louie go. But she can't wait to see what wonderful things are in store for them -- and then, to take in the next foster dog who needs her.
"They have no idea how much more love is still out there," Kasey says. "And knowing that makes us happy."
Reach out on the Adventures of Bridget and Louie Facebook page to be considered.
These two Pit Bulls were given up by their owner and brought to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter
in Conroe, Texas.
They'd been outdoor dogs. Both had mange. The big orange dog was severely underweight, and the smaller pup had a metal collar poking into his neck. Coming into the shelter might have been the best thing that ever happened to them, thus far in life.
The shelter's rescue coordinator Minda Emas Harris tells us:
Many dogs have lived years outside, with minimal attention. The day they come to the shelter is sometimes the first night they have a roof over their head and a bed to sleep on. The staff pets them, gives treats and attention.
Things have gotten pretty amazing for them, since. Within a day, the dogs---the big orange one now named Bridget, her little friend called Louie---were whisked off to a foster home.
Kasey Hersperger, the doggies' new foster mom, says she saw their pictures on Facebook and immediately knew that she wanted to help them---help them heal emotionally and physically, and then in time, help them find the perfect family to love them forever.
"These dogs have never had the chance to actually be dogs," says Hersperger.
They have now. Bridget has commandeered a couch as her favorite nap spot. Louie has (very nearly) conquered his fear of stairs.
The stairs have been the big accomplishment for Louie today! He had NO idea what to do with this obstacle. LOL, he now hops all the way down and follows us everywhere we go!
Posted by The Adventures of Bridget and Louie on Sunday, January 10, 2016
Both dogs are now huge fans of treats and cuddles, eagerly joining Hersperger, her partner Tyler Lucas and their two permanent dogs for their early-morning, in-bed cuddle sessions. "All they want is to be loved," she says.
Love is in great supply for Louie and Bridget now. They also have the promise of a home and a family of their very own, once they are ready. Which may be in a month, or perhaps a little longer. There's no rush.
"We are focused on making sure they are ready to succeed in a permanent home, rather than quickly find someone to just take them," says Hersperger. "They deserve to feel love, a warm home, and to be all-around wanted."
Of course all dogs deserve that much. Harris says it's a daily struggle, witnessing dogs and other pets who haven't been given these basics.
"These stories always make me sad. Just the fact the everyone doesn't treat their dogs like valued family members, makes me sad," says Harris.
Then there is the relief, when Harris is able help give dogs like Bridget and Louie that and so much more. "The good part is there are many, many people willing to step up and do everything needed to find them loving homes," she says. "I think they have a very bright future."
Follow Bridget and Louie's new life on their brand new Facebook page.
And get in touch at [email protected] if you have a dog story to share!
Featured image via The Adventures of Bridget and Louie