Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard adopt puppy from local shelter as couple feud with her family
27th February 2021

JILL Duggar and husband Derick Dillard have adopted a puppy from a local shelter as the couple’s feud with her family rumbles on. 

The reality family shared the happy news with fans in a video on their YouTube channel, telling them that they had only planned to visit the animals as a treat for the kids and “didn’t expect this to happen!”

Posting the video, Jill wrote: “After being cooped up for a while with the big winter storm and school still out for Israel, we decided to go visit some animals at the shelter! 

“We love animals and always enjoy visiting them in any environment…at pet stores, the zoo, watching videos online and checking out different dog breeds, but we didn't expect this to happen!”

Jill, along with husband Derick, 31, and their two sons Israel, five, and Sam, three, had headed out in the snow to look at the pooches

The mom-of-two revealed that the family had been thinking of getting a dog for a while and had been researching breeds but were still undecided. 


However, after looking at lots of beautiful dogs and meeting some of the tail-waggers, the family decided on a gorgeous Belgium Malinois cross called Grindle. 

Jill filmed her sons as they excitedly picked out toys and blankets for their new pet before getting in the car. 

The entire family was so excited, Jill squealed: “We adopted a dog, ya’ll!”

The happy adventure comes not long after Derick took a stand on social media against his wife being subjected to "abuse" as fans claimed she was supposedly "brainwashed" by her family.


The Counting On stars have been estranged from the rest of the Duggars since 2017 after they left the TLC show – and it appears Derick "liked" an Instagram comment detailing what his wife had allegedly gone through.

Derick, 31, has been supportive of his wife as she has chosen to set strict boundaries from her family.

After a fan took to Instagram to claim that Jill, 29, had been "mentally and emotionally abused," the father of two appeared to show his agreement by liking the post.

"Gee. I have no idea," the fan wrote in an alleged post that was captured by the account Without A Crystal Ball.


"Maybe because she is a sexual assault survivor and she's finally found her voice," they claimed.

"Because she was mentally and emotionally abused her whole life and brainwashed using god.

"That's my thoughts…good for Jill. Air that s**t out girl…you deserve to be heard!" they shared.

Derick seemed to agree with the disgruntled fan, as he gave the comment a "like" on the platform.

The TLC alums distanced themselves from the show and the fundamentalist family in 2017.

Speaking to People, they said: "Our control to choose what jobs we were allowed to accept and even where we were allowed to live was taken away from us."

The young father also felt that Jill's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, were too strict about their career goals.

"The first few years of our marriage, we spent time and money working towards opportunities only to hit a dead end when we'd be told, 'Well, you're not allowed to do that,'" he revealed.

Their decision to quit caused a rift in the large family, as Jill explained that their dropout "didn't go over very well with anyone."

"By that point, we'd had enough. We knew we had to pull out completely to reevaluate and get our bearings."

Jim Bob, 55, and Michelle, 54, are fundamentalist baptists who set strict rules of modesty for their children and grandchildren.

Jill and her husband have deviated from these rules and engaged in behaviors such as drinking and sending their children to public school.

The couple has even gone so far as to speak publicly about their sex life, accentuating the divide between the reality star and her family.

In 2015 it was revealed that Jill had been molested by her older brother Josh when he was 14 and she was 11.

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