The simple description for the dog up for adoption on an animal shelter website read: “I have the longest ears and the biggest heart of any dog you will ever meet! I am an older girl, but I still have a lot of spunk left.” There was no picture attached – just this brief description. Yet for some reason Jamie Carpentier was reminded of a dog he had once owned – a Basset Hound named Ginger. “Just the paws, that’s the thing I remembered about her,” Jamie told a source “she had these ‘ginormous’ paws.”
During his divorce in 2003 Jamies ex-wife got ‘custody’ of Ginger who was only three years old at the time. A few months later – unbeknownst to Jamie – Ginger was left at an animal shelter. Thankfully she was adopted by an elderly couple who loved her dearly for 10 years but when they could no longer care for her, Ginger was sent back to a shelter. At thirteen years of age, she had little chance of finding a forever home.
After seeing the description of Ginger on the website, Jamie immediately called the animal shelter and sent them a picture he had kept of Ginger. After comparing her spots and distinctive markings the staff soon realised that they had a miraculous story on their hands.
Jamie arrived at the shelter and was taken to see Ginger . Although she had grown a little white with age, he recognised his beloved pal straight away. Staff watched in anticipation to see if Ginger would recognise Jamie. She began by sniffing him as most dogs do with a stranger, but after a few moments when Jamie bent his head down to this gentle Basset hound she responded affectionately with plenty of dog kisses. This is the moment when Jamie and the staff knew that Ginger remembered Jamie.