Tommy was around a year old when his family adopted him from a shelter. Initially, the family had lined up meeting with a few prospective matches in search of a female dog. One of the staff members inquired if the family would like to meet Tommy while they waited for the dogs to come from their foster homes.
For both the family and Tommy, it was love at first sight.
“When it came time for him to go back out, he laid down on the floor trying his best not to leave us; she had to literally drag/slide him on his belly out of the room,” Jenna Termolen, Tommy’s mom, told The Dodo.
“He had chosen his new family and was not willing to give us up. After meeting the other dogs, the boys all decided that he was the one.”
Tommy passed the most of his life in Illinois with his family, until 2015, when they moved to an upstate New York suburb.
Tommy had a lot of dog pals in his former neighborhood, and he appeared to miss them after the relocation – until he met Jackson.
Termolen stated, “I immediately called him to see if everything was OK.” “He said Tommy and the dog were getting along swimmingly; the dog looks friendly, and Tommy was showing him around the house.”
They located the dog’s collar under all his fur, and that his name was Jackson, and that he lived just down the block. Jackson’s family was embarrassed that he had somehow found his way into someone’s home, but they’re not surprised that he was out and about trying to make friends. Termolen and her son walked Jackson home, and while his family was embarrassed that he had somehow found his way into someone’s home, they were not surprised that he was out and about trying to make friends. Termolen and her son bid Jackson goodbye.
Almost every day, Jackson comes over to see Tommy. Termolen and her family walked Jackson back home the first few times, but they’ve since learned he’s totally self. Jackson just allows himself inside the house if the family’s garage door is open, and no one in the family is startled to see him any longer.
“When he comes to visit, he usually continues to walk in via the front door and sends one or two polite barks,” Termolen added. “If no one answers the front door, he’ll try to go into the garage if it’s open or walk around the back of the house to the back deck, barking at each door. I generally just let him in or out of the house.”
Tommy is now 16 years old, while Jackson is approximately 5 years old, yet the two are still the greatest of friends despite their age difference. Tommy and his closest friend used to run and play in the yard all the time when they were younger and healthy. They now prefer to actually hang out again at home or take slow walks together. Despite the fact that he has a lot more energy than his elderly companion, Jackson is usually grumpy.
“Now it’s more of a wellness check,” Termolen explained, “as Tommy is really starting to show his age.” “Jackson comes in, takes a drink, checks to see if Tommy has any leftovers, and they essentially just hang around for a while. They have a wonderful friendship. When it’s done, it’ll be devastating. I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep my cool when Jackson arrives to the town.
Tommy has been battling health difficulties for the past year, and his veterinarian is surprised he’s still alive. The adorable senior dog, on the other hand, is still as joyful as ever, and his family has given him the nickname Tommy Timex.
Termolen replied, “He gives a licking and keeps ticking.”
Even though his energy levels are low these days, Tommy’s relationship with Jackson keeps him going, and he looks forward to going for his daily walks only to see whether Jackson is home and ready to hang out.
Termolen stated, “He whines towards to the street expecting his companion would arrive.” “When Jackson does come out, he usually follows us home. Maybe Jackson stops by to check in on Tommy that now Tommy can’t always make it all the way down to Jackson’s house.”