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When the Victoria Humane Society rescued two Border Collies from a hoarder situation they knew they had a long road to rehabilitation, but they didn’t expect it would involve a wild goose..err, dog chase. The pair, adorably named Laverne and Shirley, leapt over the fence where they were being housed after only one day with their new caretaker and escaped into the B.C. wild.

Coming from a less than ideal living situation, the dogs were very fearful of humans, and their endured trauma lead to their escape. Luckily for them, the Humane Society refused to give up hope. With the help of Blood Hounds, heat imaging, video cameras, and food traps, the dogs were finally rescued for a second time, a full 61 days later. They’re now safe and sound but refuse to leave each other’s side – so close in fact that they’re basically sitting on each other’s lap, which is enough to get our tears freely flowing.

While slightly worse for wear after their adventures in the Vancouver Island wilderness, the dogs are expected to make a full recovery and are on their way to being rehabilitated to eventually find their forever home. We say home, singular, because if anyone tries to split them up after all of this, they’ll have us to answer to. Here’s hoping their future involves nothing but a lap of luxury.

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