Last night I did another rescue transport. Let me introduce the two dogs I drove from DFW to Ardmore, OK. The final destination is Minnesota, to a great rescue up there.
This is Spot. He's a pit bull (possibly a mix, but I don't think so). And, once again, VERY sweet, probably one of the sweetest dogs I've come across. And beautiful, too. He was white with a small brown spot over his right eye, much like the dog from The Little Rascals.
A lot of times, with certain breeds (boxers, bully breeds, etc.), if they are white in color, they have a higher tendency to be deaf. Such is the case with Spot. Though I think he could somewhat hear when I clapped my hands really loudly. But he is smart as a whip and knows some hand signals. He was very good on the ride, and in fact, could be heard snoring contently along the way.
Spot came from a local animal control facility. I'm not sure how he ended up there (stray, owner turn-in, etc.), but he really beat the odds. One, he's a pitty, and a lot of shelters will not adopt out pitties, regardless of their personality, history or behavior. They automatically have an X on them based on their breed, which is very unfair. As I've said before, every pitty I've come across during the many years I've done animal rescue has been nothing but sweet and well-behaved. Spot is no exception. The workers at animal control loved him so much, they kept "saving" him from euthanasia, hoping he would be adopted or rescued. He'd been there for over 2 months, which is VERY rare (most municipal shelters only give animals 3-5 days, and if they aren't adopted or rescued, they are euthanized). Now he has a chance for a good life! :)
Now meet Zach. Poor Zach was pulled from a very abusive home (notice the cast on his broken leg). He's a German shepherd mix. Very sweet and playful, though we had to try to keep him settled down so that he wouldn't hurt his leg. He did try to get fresh with my leg a couple of times. ;) I just don't understand how people can hurt animals (or anyone for that matter, but especially those who can't stand up for themselves, such as animals, children, the elderly and the disabled). I think animals are little furry gifts from God. And I believe there has to be a special ring in hell for people who abuse others.
The shelter Zach came from is not rescue friendly. However, a worker at the shelter went against policy to make sure he was not euthanized and was able to go to a rescue. She was almost fired for doing so (can you believe that?!). He's a lucky boy.
I got an email from the lady who was overnighting the dogs in Oklahoma City last night, and she said they both were doing well and were settled in. Tonight they are being overnighted in Des Moines, Iowa, and will reach Minneapolis around 2:30pm tomorrow.
Both dogs are already listed on the rescue's website with a full bio!
Spot's bio and pictures
Zach's bio and pictures
I wish I could have brought them both home with me. But then I always do. ;)