Fran and Earl arrived at Homeward Animal Shelter in Fargo, North Dakota after their owner could no longer take care of them. The elderly pit bullsquickly became local celebrities whose loving companionship was legendary. Separating the canine lovebirds would break their hearts. A life-long animal lover with a passion for old dogs saved the day. She gave the furry seniors a big family and a wonderful home.
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A sweet couple
11-year-old Earl and 9-year-old Fran, both pit bulls, were inseparable. They'd been together for most of their lives. When their previous owner had to surrender them, the pooches needed to be adopted as a pair.
Old dogs are the best
When the news spread that there was an elderly dog couple at the Homeward Animal Shelter looking for a forever home, Jenna Jackson started getting messages on social media. People kept tagging her and saying Fran and Earl would be perfect for her.
Jenna, an owner of a local pet grooming business, was famous for her love of dogs. She particularly adored old dogs that didn't have much of a chance to be rehomed by a shelter. She adopted hospice dogs, including the ones who were terminally ill or nearing their death, giving them not only a home but also unconditional love and a dignified end.
The older ones are the best. They're just so sweet. They come to you and they're just super chill.
It was only natural for Jenna to take in Fran and Earl.
Homeward Animal Shelter announced on their social media that the canine couple had been adopted by Jenna, while her boyfriend, children and the family's other dogs, cats and rabbits all happily gave a green light too.
Heather Klefstad from the charity said:
We couldn't be more thrilled for Fran and Earl. They've found the best home with Jenna and her family. It's the happily-ever-after this bonded senior pair deserved all along.
Happily ever after
Fran and Earl are living their best life with Jenna’s family. They get along with other pets and enjoy snuggling with the kids.
Jenna described their adventures around the house and beyond:
Fran has more energy than I expected. She sees a leash and she's like, 'Yeah, let's go.' Earl, he's along for the ride. He doesn't know what's going on half the time, but he's so funny. He likes cat tunnels. He'll burrow in one of my cat tunnels and roll around like a madman. They're loving life.