We've had another successful Pilots N Paws run.
Long story short:
As Karen & I were discussing what to do to celebrate our approaching 10th Wedding Anniversary, Karen learned of an accident and death of a Miami-based long-haul trucker who was going through Rensselaer, IN when he had a diabetic attack and is believed to have died before his truck went off a bridge and crashed (Yikes!)
The only survivor of the wreck was the driver’s traveling companion, a 95 lb American Bull Dog named Bubba. The Driver’s family only had enough money to bring the body of the Driver home.
Karen informed me that Bubba was going to be put to sleep in Rensselaer if someone didn’t do something.
I think anyone who knows me knows exactly what’s going to come out of my mouth next: “I gotta get Bubba!” said in my best Forest Gump voice.
Which of course resulted in me receiving that Tell-Me-Again-Why-I-Married-You!?! stare that all married men are so familiar with.
Less than 48 hours later, on the day of our 10th wedding anniversary, I was landing on runway 18 in Rensselaer to meet Bubba.
And let me tell ya’ 95 lbs of dog, is a whole lot of dog.
I mean he is a sweet heart (maybe drools a little too much) just a love-bug, but a whole lot stronger than I anticipated.
This is Bubba:
The final solution became that Karen had to take the crate apart; and, I had to climb into the back of the baggage compartment with Bubba and get him to sit in the bottom half -
Robert and Ann would be driving him to Columbus, GA for the next leg of his adventure.
The Robert's niece, Karen Drake stepped up to the plate and drove Bubba to Orlando:
Bubba, we're all very sorry for the month you've had. But, we're also honored to be a part of reuniting you with your family.
Well, as you all know, there is never just one dog in need of rescue.
When the people in the Nashville area heard that Karen was in town, her phone started ringing.
The first dog that needed rescue was a male Pit Bull mix named Liberty who is believed to have been used as a "bait" dog in dog fighting and then just abandoned. And despite everything he had been through, he had NO aggressive tendencies and was just a sweetheart. But, there wouldn't be room for him in the plane going back because we already had a full load then we were told that if we couldn't at least find a foster family for him, he was going to be put to sleep.
We walked him from one end of town to the other seeing if anyone would like to take him in. At a very nice pizza joint named, "The Mellow Mushroom" the hostess, a young woman named Rose accepted the challenge of fostering Liberty and saved him from his date with the needle.
Sunday - time for the ride home.
Well, originally we were going to be bringing one dog back to a rescue here in Chicago. Then two. And by the time Sunday came along, 12 dogs showed up needing to be delivered to a better life.
This little guy was named Tux:
Even with all the bad weather in Chicago on Sunday, we made it through with a relatively uneventful flight.
We unloaded 12 dogs in Chicago and handed them off to two separate rescues: the Herding Breed Rescue and A Heart for Animals.
Over all, a pretty successful day! :)