Adopting a bonded pair is not the answer for every home, but it's the perfect answer for many.
In some cases, a bonded pair is a parent with an offspring. Sometimes it is two littermates — puppies, teenagers, or even seniors. Occasionally the two dogs are simply long- or even short-term companions with no blood relation at all but with a well-established bond through their shared life experiences. These are dogs who, even though they may be otherwise well socialized, have come to depend upon each other as a survival technique. They seem to rely on one another for their social cues, for confidence building in new situations, and for stress relief from any uncomfortable predicament they may experience.
We’re not talking simply about any two dogs who have come into the ESRA program together, despite the fact that they may be connected by blood or previous family situation. Two such dogs may very well be placed in separate homes so that they may both become “the best dogs they can be.” One dog may thrive away from the shadow of the other, more dominant dog. In contrast, a truly bonded pair honestly has a visible cadence that seems to control their every move and their every response to their environment. They deserve to be kept together.
Why adopt a bonded pair?
- First, there is the undeniable realization that you have brought not just one, but two dogs, baffled and confused by an unexpected turn in the world they previously knew, into a safe, secure, and loving home. What a feeling!
- Second, the adjustment into their new environment is eased simply by the fact that these dogs still have each other. Security trumps fear in so many cases!
- Third, having a built-in companion and playmate provides stimulation that reduces boredom, destructive behavior, and potential separation anxiety.
Recent Bonded Pairs
Meet Maddie and Max! They are a bonded pair with tons of charm. This dynamic duo will have the birds chirping and the squirrels shaking in their trees! They're a young, active pair of Springers. Maddie is the sweetest of girls. She loves cuddles, treeing squirrels, playing with stuffed toys, and tug of war with Max and her foster brother and sister. Max loves a good belly rub and really enjoys sitting in your lap. He loves to be the center of attention. They both love swimming, playing tug-of-war and playing with stuffed animals.
Introducing Remy and Clyde, four-year-old littermates that need a Forever Home with enough love and time for two Springers. Truly bonded, these siblings are joyful, loving and active. They love their walks and running and wrestling in a safely fenced yard. With enough exercise, they chill out and are well behaved in the house. Clyde, with a freckled nose, is taller and leaner. Sister Remy is a bit shorter in height and length and is the “boss.” They live, eat, play, walk, and sit and often sleep tangled together.
We are excited to introduce our newest bonded pair – English Springer Spaniel, Jack, and his pal Monte, a German Shepherd Dog. This sweet duo had their world turned upside down recently. Both boys are loving and very devoted to their humans and each other. They are looking for a Forever Home where they can continue to be best buddies together and spend lots of time with their new family doing everything their humans do!
Mozart and Maxie (affectionately known as M & M) are sibling Springer mixes. That's Mozart pictured on the left and his sister, Maxie, on the right. They are both sweet, loving and well-mannered. M & M love to go for walks, which is a great thing since both of them will need to lose a few pounds in order to regain their youthful physiques. They are both gentle and intelligent, love car rides, snuggles and being with their people.
Prior Bonded Pairs
These two sweet girls recently lost their human dad. ESRA stepped up when animal control called requesting assistance. Pepper and Nevada, even though they are Springer mixes, have the wonderful loyal quality of typical Springers. They are both young (Pepper is 2 years old and Nevada is 3 1/2 years), full of love and kisses. They have found their Forever Home, where they will remain together on this new adventure in their lives.
Max and Junior are a handsome father-and-son duo in need of a new Forever Home. Both boys are friendly, active and people-oriented. They love human attention, make new friends easily and come when called. They were turned over to rescue due to their family’s financial issues. They are fully vetted, neutered and healthy and come with matching full, wagging tails.
Introducing Stunner and Luster, a handsome pair of bookends that need a Forever Home with enough love and time for two Springers. At nine years old, these two are well beyond all that puppy mischief but still young enough to play and enjoy walks and exploring a fenced yard. They are mellow and sweet, with lots of love to give.
Siblings Stella and Buddy had their world turned upside down recently because of the sudden loss of their human mom. They love people, and they have now found a home where they can stay together and receive the affection and attention of a family that includes them in their daily activities. A nice, secure backyard for sniffing and playing is appreciated, too!
Toby and Jack are happy, wiggly, snuggly 4-year-old brothers who have found their Forever Family. These two are high energy and sweet as can be. They are eager learners and are becoming more and more comfortable with life in a new environment - indoors! That's Jack on the left and Toby on the right - can you tell these boys are a truly bonded pair? These lucky guys are now living the good life!
Kaycee & Bella
Kaycee and Bella are a bonded pair of girls who have now found their Forever Family. They are both young adults (Kaycee is 4 years old and Bella is 3 years old). They get along with other dogs, but most of all they enjoy being part of a true family – one that includes them in their lives and their activities. Bella and Kaycee love to go on adventures, meet new friends, ride in the car, and get lots of belly rubs and affection! Both are well mannered and have a basic knowledge of obedience commands.
Avery & Bee
Mom Avery and daughter Bea are two high-energy girls who have now found their Forever Home. Because they love to chase anything that moves, they have a securely fenced yard. They are extremely well trained. They know the commands Come, Sit, Stay, Shake, Speak, and Dance. They are also kennel trained. They now have a family who are giving them the love, companionship, and understanding they need to thrive.