STOCKTON (CBS13) – DeDe was not your average pet. For about a dozen years, she helped Todd and Lori Barger cope with anxiety and depression.
When she disappeared last month, their world crumbled.READ MORE: Getting Answers: What Do Increased Releases From Folsom Dam Mean For Region's Water Levels?
But, a Stockton family was kind enough to reach out after hearing about their heartache.
Joe Trujillo and his wife – already blessed with man’s best friend – found a stray dog on the side of the road recently.
After trying but failing – she wasn’t chipped and didn’t have a tag – to find its owner, they offered her up to Todd and Lori.
“This little dog we got is a dream,” Lori said.READ MORE: 'This Isn't Going To Hold Us Back': Drag Event In Woodland Stopped Over Alleged Threats Of Violence
They named her “Sugar” – and Joe won’t ever forget the sweet introduction.
“And once they met, the bond they had with Lori – Sugar and Lori – just connected right away,” Joe said. “And they were inseparable from the moment they’d seen each other.”
And they still are.
“It came and jumped on my lap and started licking me,” Lori said.MORE NEWS: California Lawmakers Demand Accountability After Personal Info Of Concealed Weapons Holders Leaked
While not technically a service dog, Todd and Lori say Sugar has already calmed their anxiety.