We’ve all been told that there is a soulmate for everyone out there. Someone who is put on this Earth that will we connect with in a way that is rare.
And that doesn’t necessarily mean someone you’re romantically involved with.
According to Merriam-Webster, a soulmate is defined as ” person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament” or “a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs.”
Apparently, animals have soulmates too. Hailee Graham and her husband have a dog named Potate, a.k.a. Tate. They adopted the dog after she had been living on the streets.
Tate loves her family very much.
She also loves her newfound soulmate, a dog named Vernon. Graham’s neighbor got Vernon around the same age as Tate and about the same time that Graham adopted Tate.
The two instantly became curious about each other, even though they were separated by a tall fence.
That curiosity soon turned into an obsession.
These two were determined to get to know each other. And to do that, they had to be side by side. The dog’s decided that they would do a little construction.
“I walk outside and catch them digging a tunnel to each other. We couldn’t get them to stop,” Graham told The Dodo. “We couldn’t keep them apart. They would just keep digging holes to each other.”
Instead of letting the dogs dig up their yard, Graham and her neighbors figured that they would get together so that the dogs could regularly spend time together.
Minus the fence.
But Graham came up with an even better idea that would allow the pups to hang out whenever they wanted, whether their humans were around or not.
“I thought, ‘Why not just put a door in the fence, so they can play whenever, and their humans don’t have to get involved?’” Graham said.
So, that’s exactly what they did with the help of Graham’s dad.
Tate watched anxiously as her human dad installed her new door. But when construction was finished… it was well worth the wait!
Now, these two are practically inseparable and loving their newfound freedom.
“They love being together!” Graham said. “I don’t know if they are actually in love, but I like to think so.”
Either way, these two are the best of friends… and definitely soulmates! Graham says that a doggy fence might not be suitable in all situations but it’s working in her neighborhood.
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Graham says she hopes that her story will inspire others to make their backyards more open and inclusive spaces.
“I hope that it encourages people to be more friendly with their neighbors, and encourage a sense of community,” Graham said. “It has worked out well for us so far.”
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She’s based in Connecticut and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.