People.com Lifestyle Pets Senior Rescue Dogs Form a Special Friendship That Was Worth the Wait Before they met each other, both Clarence and Nougat were afraid to open up to other dogs By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 17, 2017 03:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Courtesy Vintage Pet Rescue Two tiny pups have formed a big friendship. Before Nougat the Chihuahua arrived at Rhode Island’s Vintage Pet Rescue, Clarence the Pug spent most of his life around plenty of pleasant pups, but never really connected with a fellow canine. Ten-year-old Nougat, weighing in at just 7 lbs., changed everything. The sweet Chihuahua recently left a shelter in Providence, Rhode Island and arrived at Vintage Pet Rescue, a non-profit dedicated to saving senior dogs and giving them a space to happily live out their golden years. Courtesy Vintage Pet Rescue “Nougat was really shut down at the shelter in Providence. He avoided me in the play yard and jumped off my lap immediately,” Vintage Pet Rescue co-founder Kristen Peralta said. “But when he met Clarence, Nougat really started to blossom.” RELATED VIDEO: What Should I Know Before Adopting a Shelter Dog? The same went for Clarence; the usually ambivalent pooch immediately opened up to Nougat. Now, the pair spend their days together, side-by-side, holding paws, taking walks and cuddling more than anything else. Clarence’s comforting presence has helped Nougat open up to life at his new canine retirement home and enjoy the TLC the staff provides. Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. “Nougat is a completely different dog,” Peralta said. “It’s yet another reminder that you really can’t judge a dog by how they act in a shelter environment.” Courtesy Vintage Pet Rescue Since the pair are best friends, it should be no surprise they are planning to wear matching pumpkin costumes this Halloween.