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?
These special duos seem to provide unique rewards and benefits to those adopters who make them a part of their family:
- 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
Sable & Apache
Sable and Apache are siblings that came into our care due to their energy level. They will need plenty of room to run and some basic training. They are almost a year old and have another year of puppy behavior ahead of them. Most Springers start to slow down a bit around age two; however, the field-bred Springers can have lots of energy even into their golden years. These happy, healthy pups will be your constant companions for many years to come!
Prior Bonded Pairs
Roxie & Louie
These two youngsters do everything together, and they are rarely far from each other. For this reason, we did not separate them at adoption time. The phrase “double your pleasure, double your fun” could not be truer than it is with these girls! They are a constant source of entertainment and laughter for their family, whether they are tumbling around the yard in play or trying to coax one of their canine friends to play with them. Louie and Roxie love to run, run, and run some more! Then they are ready to settle on a nearby lap for snuggles and belly rubs.
Trigger & Lincoln
Redwood Falls, MN
Trigger and Lincoln are sweet young brothers who have always been together. They have found a home where they can stay with each other and provide double the love to their new human family. They are housetrained and crate trained, are good with children, and are great with other dogs. Although they are young, these two have a calmness that is a bit unusual for their age. They have many positive qualities: they listen very well, they don’t mind quiet time, and they are very responsive to new environments.
Bruno & Moose
North Tustin, CA
Bruno and Moose were rescued separately from two less than desirable situations and ended up at the same foster home. Bruno is a very strong and very cuddly two-year-old fieldie. Moose is an active one-year-old, full of personality. Unexpectedly, they have now bonded to the extent that we do not want to split them up. These two young boys do everything together and are rarely far from each other.
Winston and Lily
San Antonio, TX
Winston and Lily are siblings who have been together all their lives and would love to stay together. They have been well cared for and are very much loved. However, due to a lifestyle change recently, they need to find a new Forever Home. Winston and Lily are house trained, good with children and unknown with cats. They are spayed/neutered, microchipped, current on vaccinations and heartworm negative. We're thrilled that this wonderful pair has found their Forever Home.
Blue Belle & Spoti
Blue Belle and Spoti are wonderful senior ladies who had their world turned upside down recently when their owner became ill and found it necessary to relinquish his four Springers. These girls have always been together, and they are extremely bonded. They both love car rides and walk beautifully on leash. Each girl sleeps in her own crate at night, but they enjoy napping together during the day. They are housetrained and are incredibly well behaved. They get along with all the resident Springers in their foster home. They are easygoing and don’t mind grooming or vet visits. These beautiful girls will be a wonderful addition to a loving Forever Family!
Phoebe & Rito
Baton Rouge, LA
Introducing a special duo, 6-year-old blind Springer Phoebe and 5-year-old Rito, a Beagle who serves as her “seeing-eye dog.” Since they grew up together and Rito helps Phoebe get around, we are offering them as a bonded pair. Both dogs are playful, sweet, and friendly and were family pets until their family fell upon hard times. They are housetrained, spayed and neutered, and up to date on their shots. They are getting along well with the other dogs in their foster home and adapted quickly to new surroundings.
Ally & Noah
Meet our sweet-natured love bugs: Ally and Noah. Ally, aged 10, and her son Noah, aged 9, are truly the definition of a bonded pair. They eat together, drink water together, and sleep together. Noah especially monitors his mother if they are in different areas of the yard or house, always returning to check on her and lick her muzzle. Prior to coming into rescue, Ally and Noah were with a family who loved them and taught them manners. This is reflected in how obedient and sweet they are. They are both Velcro dogs, following you everywhere and wanting to be with you at all times. We're so excited that they have found a Forever Home where they can be together and be with their humans.
Reuben & Ivie Mae
Redwood Falls, MN
Ivie Mae and Reuben had to be rehomed by their former family due to health reasons. They are delightful, loving, and funny Springers who are a joyful addition to their new Forever Home. These two homebodies enjoy cuddling, sleeping, chewing on their toys, and walking around town or through the fields on their leash. They are Velcro dogs who always want to be near each other AND their people.