BFFs: Forever home found for trio of bonded Saint Bernard brothers

Written by on October 19, 2018 in Critter Love, Critter MIA - No comments

Gunther, Gasket and Goliath are home sweet home.

After a worldwide outpouring of requests to adopt the three Saint Bernard brothers from the Edmonton Humane Society, a loving family just three hours away in Calgary has been chosen to give the trio a forever home.

The family, which is remaining anonymous while the dogs settle in, first saw the story earlier this month in local media reports, and knew straight away the dogs “would be a perfect fit.”

The couple has adopted pets previously, currently has a dog at home, as well as two children aged 10 and 16, and a one-acre fenced yard.

“When we found out that we were getting the opportunity to meet them, we cried tears of joy,” the family said in a statement. “Pets add so much to the family, and we’re so happy we can give back to them by providing a loving home for the rest of their lives.”

The humane society announced their giant adoption challenge on Oct. 8.

That was just few weeks after receiving the dogs from another animal shelter with an unknown background.

They soon learned the dogs were so bonded they had to be re-homed together. Separating them caused too much stress and anxiety.

They even eat out of the same bowl.

The brothers cannot bear to be apart. Edmonton Humane Society/Facebook

And for prospective owners, the dogs would also come with a significant price tag.

Dog food alone would ring in at $300 per month for the 5-year-old pooches, which weight more than a 100 pounds each. And the vet bills, especially as the age, could also be large.

But look at these dogs.

Goliath, Gunther and Gasket are settling into their new home in Calgary. Photo: Edmonton Humane Society

The humane society had applications come in from across Canada, the United States and even Australia.

There were 200 inquiries on the first day alone.

“The response to the story of these gentle giants, from the thousands who helped share our call for help to those who offered their homes to these dogs, was truly astounding,” Jamey Blair, the humane society’s manager of animal health and protection.

This is Gasket. Photo: Edmonton Humane Society

The humane society hopes this story will move others to adopt.

“At the end of the day we could only choose one family for them, but there are thousands of other homeless pets who are all as deserving of a forever home,” Blair added. “We hope this story inspires people to adopt from their local shelters and rescues.”

This is Goliath. Photo: Edmonton Humane Society

The new owners are over the moon. Can’t believe their good fortune, enough though, they admit it feels like they are a little bit crazy.

“But crazy in such a good way,” they said.

This is Gunther. Photo: Edmonton Humane Society

It’s definitely going to be one big adventure.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” the family said, adding they are going to need something else. “And a new vacuum cleaner.”


Photos Edmonton Humane Society

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Dawn Walton

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