Two Pit Bull Puppies Literally Lean on Each Other to Get Through Life

8-month-old Jermaine isn’t just a self-taught seeing eye dog. He’s the eyes and guide for no one less than his brother, Jeffrey.

The two pit bull puppies were found wandering the streets of west Philadelphia a few weeks ago. Weighing in at 35 pounds each, they were placed in Operation Ava’s no-kill shelter on North Third Street. Workers gave them their names and treated them for demodectic mange, a parasitic skin disease caused by microscopic mites.

Jeffrey is completely blind in at least one eye; he might be able to see shadows in the other. Veterinarians noted that he has compensated by literally leaning on Jermaine and following his brother around whenever they were in a strange place.

“These guys are bonded, and Jeffrey really is dependent on Jermaine at this point. When they are separated, they get really insecure,” Ray Little, lifesaving director of the Operation Ava animal shelter, noted on

On November 15, Kimberly Cary, a volunteer with the Chester County SPCA, posted a picture on Facebook of Jermaine and Jeffrey  curled up together while sleeping. The post went viral, getting more than 3.2 million hits in just two days from all around the world. Little noted that even people from the U.K. said they wanted to adopt the two dogs. A video of the brothers side by side posted on November 18 further revealed how devoted Jermaine and Jeffrey are to each other.

Still, almost a week after Cary had posted about Jermaine and Jeffrey, even after some 10,000 inquiries, the brothers had yet to be adopted. Thanks to their internet fame, though, Jermaine and Jeffrey were mentioned in the British press and on the Today show. Now, as of November 23, they’ve found a new home.

Knowing how inseparable Jermaine and Jeffrey are, shelter staff had emphasized that the brothers had to be adopted as a pair. “They obviously have some sort of innate bond,” Emily Simmons, executive director of the Chester County SPCA, said.

As Little emphasized regarding the unique relationship between the two pit bulls:

“I think this is a little bit extraordinary in my experience because they’re so careful with one another and play together so well. Jeffrey really does try to maintain contact with Jermaine, especially when he’s in an unfamiliar environment. As soon as he gets familiar with a new place, then he becomes a little bit more independent. But it’s amazing how they try to maintain contact with each other.”

Happily, someone’s opened their doors to two pups who exemplify brotherly devotion, love and the great things that can happen by caring for someone who needs some help to make his way in the world.

Photo via the Chester SPCA


Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Sweeties :) Thanks for sharing.

Donna Ferguson
Donna F.2 years ago

ni9ce story--ty

eloise bastille
barbie bastille2 years ago

been feeling like crap, but the photo of these 2 wonderful chaps is more than christmas for me,thank you all!

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez2 years ago

Wonderful, heart warming story. Thank you for posting. So glad that they found a home.

stacey wallace
stacey wallace2 years ago

Beautiful story. So touching seeing that bond. I hope it helps show the breed can be very loving and gentle with the right care and ownership. So glad they found a forever home. Thanks very much for sharing.

Debbie Tate
Debra Tate2 years ago

A big THANK YOU! to the people who adopted them and for the shelter stipulating that they had to be adopted as a pair, and not separating them. HAPPY TEARS, LOTS OF HAPPY TEARS!

Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez
Lisbeth Sanchez2 years ago

What a beautiful story. Thanks to the people who have given this beautiful puppies a second chance.

Manuela C.
Manuela C.2 years ago

Happy ending. =)