Lewis Jimenez is a man from Texas who recently has the most unbelievable reunion with his dog after a painful separation, and it will bring tears to your eyes!.
Jimenez adopted Titus from the Austin Animal Center back in 2013 when the dog was just a puppy. However, in November, Jimenez had to bring Titus back. This difficult decision was not a choice the 53-year-old wanted to make. Jimenez loves Titus so much he calls the dog “my other half.” But, Titus is a pit bull, which comes with a lot of stigmatization. Jimenez said that one of his neighbors had complained to him and to their property manager for three years because they didn’t want to live in the same complex as the pit bull. Eventually, the situation got so bad that Jimenez would have to walk Titus at 4 a.m. when nobody else was around.
Then, one afternoon in November, while Jimenez was at work, one of his daughters and her 10-year-old son went to his apartment. The grandson went to take Titus for a walk and ran into the neighbor who had been complaining about Titus in a stairwell. Jimenez isn’t sure the exact details of what happened next, he believes that Titus may have been trying to protect his grandson, but the dog ended up nipping the neighbor’s finger. Jimenez became worried about eviction, so he made the difficult decision to bring Titus back to the shelter.
Jimenez, who currently works as a residential housepainter, spent 20 years in prison when he was younger. The man describes himself as having “lived a rough life.” Luckily, Jimenez learned a lot and got out of prison a decade ago. Since then, he says that he has felt committed to “do right, do good, help people out.” And, this idea of helping others out is why he wanted to adopt a pit bull in the first place.
But, even after having to give Titus back, Jimenez would return to the shelter frequently to see him. Jimenez then promised the dog that he would try his best to find a new place to live and that Titus would be able to join him once again. But, there were no guarantees it would happen in time. There was little risk that Titus would be euthanized at the shelter, given that Austin Animal Center has a “live release rate” of 97.9 percent. Titus could have been adopted, though It was just good luck that no one snatched him up before Jimenez was able to find another place to live.
Soon enough, Jimenez found another rental in late February. It’s a house in Austin that needs some remodeling, and “I do remodeling,” Jimenez said. The grateful man went to pick Titus up from the shelter on Feb. 25. and their joyous reunion moved everyone there to tears!
Now, the two best buddies spend time on the couch together watching television and enjoying life. Jimenez said that he is immensely grateful to the shelter’s staff and volunteers, that took such good care of Titus while they were separated. Most of all, he is mostly just grateful to have Titus back. “Animals are our family,” Jimenez said. “He’s home. He’s home, and he’s happy.”