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Street Dog’s Brokenhearted When Her Brother Leaves For A New Home Without Her

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on March 6, 2024

A stray dog named Bonnie was discovered wandering the streets of Oklahoma City alongside her closest companion, her brother Clyde. Their life was inseparable, spending every moment together. Despite ending up in a shelter, Bonnie and Clyde’s loyalty to each other persisted until they were forced to separate permanently. Their mutual care exemplifies the unique bond street dogs share. Rescued by the compassionate team at Stillwater Animal Welfare in Oklahoma, they demonstrated an unusual reluctance to separate, a contrast to the typical behavior of rescue dogs who are often forced to grow independently.

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Their remarkable loyalty and affection for one another impressed everyone, and the shelter was pleased to accommodate them together in one kennel. The background of Bonnie and Clyde remained largely unknown, having been found on the streets in poor condition. Both suffered from heartworms, necessitating extensive medical treatment. Fortunately, their recovery was swift and successful, allowing them to soon become affectionate figures within the shelter, expressing their gratitude with endless hugs and snuggles.

Bonnie thrived during her first month at the facility, described by her caretakers on Facebook as a once-stray dog unclaimed with her brother, weighing about 45 pounds and heartworm positive, yet friendly with other dogs and fond of food. However, Clyde’s adoption into a loving home and family left Bonnie desolate.

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Her demeanor shifted drastically without Clyde, becoming disinterested in her surroundings and longing for his return. The shelter noted on Facebook, “Bonnie is all alone since her brother got adopted, and she definitely misses having a sibling to cuddle with.” Struggling to adjust to life without Clyde, Bonnie was lost without her brother. However, as time went on, a turn of fortune occurred.

Brayden Routh visited the shelter, looking to provide Bonnie with a loving home. Their immediate connection suggested Bonnie had been awaiting Brayden’s arrival as if fate always had this plan. Bonnie was adopted into a warm family environment, gaining a Blue Heeler named Tally as a big sister.

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This new chapter transformed Bonnie. She quickly adapted to her new surroundings, engaging with many new friends and becoming a cherished family member. Her spirit, long suppressed, now brightly shone, much to her new mom’s joy. From a state of heartbreak and difficulty moving on, Bonnie now relishes in her new life, ready for future adventures with Tally by her side.

Thank you to Stillwater Animal Rescue for all the hard work you do. To learn more and see the rescue’s adoptable dogs, click here.

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