A pooch who was dumped at a shelter has been reunited with her sibling just in time for Christmas.
Jessie lived within four different homes within 12 months before now owners, Mark and Sarah Broomhead, spotted her on the Dogs Trust website.
She had the same markings as their dog, Luther, and quickly realised, through looking at puppy photographs that it was in fact his sister.
The pair quickly decided to adopt Jessie and she’s now inseparable with her brother.
Mark, 49 and Sarah, 45, say it’s the best Christmas present of all having them reunited.
Mark said: “Luther was so sad after we lost our dog Storm so we started looking for another family dog to keep him company.
“We spoke to the breeder who originally sold us Luther and they said they thought one of his littermates had been handed in to Dogs Trust Leeds. We had a look, checked some details and sure enough, Jessie was Luther’s sister.
“We took Luther along with us to the rehoming centre to meet Jessie and the connection was instant. I don’t know whether they recognised each other but they just ran around playing together and there was no apprehension at all. We had to take her home.”
The cross breeds, Jessie and Luther were part of the same litter sold by an experienced breeder in Huddersfield.
But while Luther went off to Chesterfield to live with the Reverend Mark and his family, Jessie was not so lucky.
Jessie’s new family found that she was the wrong breed for them and rehomed her at a very young age.
In her new home, Jessie didn’t get along with the cat and she was eventually handed over to Dogs Trust Leeds in May when she was just eight months old.
Dogs Trust Leeds matched Jessie with two potential adopters, but she wouldn’t settle in the new homes and both times, she was returned to the kennels after just 24 hours.
All the upheaval in her early life took its toll, leaving Jessie with some specific behavioural needs.
Mark added: “Jessie was very skittish and nervous when she first arrived but she’s settled in to our family very quickly and she’s like a different dog now. Her personality is shining through and she’s a very cuddly and affectionate dog!
“Luther and Jessie just adore each other. They love to chase each other, play tug of war and go for walks together. They can’t be separated.”
Dogs Trust Leeds rehoming centre manager Amanda Sands said: “Jessie had such a difficult start in life but we couldn’t have written a better ‘happily ever after’ tale for her.
“She’s made incredible progress since going to live with her brother Luther and the Broomhead family.
“It’s a very special feeling to know that we were able to change the tale for Jessie and help give her the life she deserves.”