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A Different Kind of Rescue Mission

>> Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Have I ever told you about Bud? He was my Newfie...my heart and soul. Bud died about ten years ago. The vet actually came to our house to put him down. It was one of the worst days of my life.
Unlike Kelly who was so sick, Bud's legs just quit working. He couldn't stand up anymore but he was healthy as a horse. At 220 pounds, I couldn't do much to help him...no one could. Years before he died we put ramps up to our back door and of course we had a ramp for my van.
I always said I knew it would be time for Bud to go when he didn't perk up his ears when he heard the jingle of the car keys. Oh how Bud loved to ride. Bud's ears never stopped perking up.

I could tell you long stories of the trail rides Bud and I went on together or the hamburgers from McDonald's that he loved so much, but that's not the point of this post.
The point is of a different kind of rescue help. I am so thrilled to be a part of this rescue that I can't tell you. This is the email I received that set the wheels in motion:
Transport Needed for 1 adult Newf.

Rescue to screened forever home (home checks done) in MN.Date of transport: Sunday

3/7/10Transport Purpose: Rescue to forever Screened home in MN

Transport Coordinator: Donna PalenRescue

Placing dog: Autumn Acres Animal Rescue Org.Website: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/KS87 Emergency #'s:816-776-3022 or cell 928-458-0616Coordinator email : dpalen@msn.com or donna @ autumnacres.org (without the spaces) Breed/name; Newfoundland/SaraAge/Weight: 3 yrs old/ overweight at about 130s

VET RECORDS: Yes

UTD ON SHOTS:

Yes: DEWORMED: Yes:
SPAYED/NEUTERED: Yes
TEMPERAMENT: Gets along with everything, likes car rides and loves people

CRATE: Doesn't needs one, so this is optional.

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 1. Warwick, MD to Towson ('burb of Baltimore), MD 74.64 miles - 1 hour 10 min. 8:00am to 9:10am

2. Towson, MD to Fredrick, MD 53.53 miles - 1hr 9:20am to 10:20am ***NEEDED*** 3. Fredrick, MD to Hancock (just west of Hagerstown), MD 52 miles - 1 hr 10:30am to 11:25am ***NEEDED***

4. Hancock, MD to Bedford, PA 43 miles - 53 min. 11:35am to 12:30pm ***NEEDED*** 5. Bedford, PA to New Stanton, PA 74.46 miles - 1 hr. 15 min. 12:40pm to 1:55pm ***NEEDED***

6. New Stanton, PA to Wheeling, WV 71 miles - 1 hr, 10 min. 2:05pm to 3:15pm ***NEEDED***

7. Wheeling, WV to Cambridge, OH 51 miles - 1 hour 3:25pm to 4:25pm ***NEEDED***

8. Cambridge, OH to Columbus, OH 79 miles - 1 hour 10 min. 4:35pm to 5:45pm ***NEEDED*** Overnight for 3 nights in Columbus, OH FILLED Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

9. Columbus, OH to St. Louis, MO 4:00pm Transport company (FILLED)
Guess who Sara will be staying with in Columbus, Ohio? My eyes are still filled with tears as I think of Bud, but my heart is full of love to share because of the wonderful years we had with the most gentle giants of all.

PS..By the time you read this, all legs of the journey will be filled. Sara will be on her way to a new forever home. Maddie and Annabelle will wonder what hit them again! What good girls they are!

18 comments:

Parsley March 3, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

Oh how exciting. Newfies are so special...even with the drool.

Anya March 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM  

Very touching story :(
Thanks for sharing !!!

soggibottom March 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

I could have found a really small spot in the cottage for her too.
How lovely. GO and bring her home x x x

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom March 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

How khool!

I so rekhognise the names of the early part of the transport route! Those are some of the places Mom's transports touch!

THANKS fur filling the all important overnight!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra & Khousin Merdie
PeeEssWoo: One of Mom's past tranports was a Landseer Newfie!

Gloria March 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

I so totaly adore Newfies! Glad for a happy ending for Sara!

~Kim~ March 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

What a sweet tribute to your very handsome boy!!

The first Newfie I ever met was one that I became totally smitten with--So much so that I named one of my foster dogs after him.

kimmterr March 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

I'm so happy for you.

Bobby March 3, 2010 at 2:39 PM  

How nice and what a lovely Newfie you had Bud looks so good..

Kas March 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM  

I just love newfies too, it's great it all came together.

Carolyn March 3, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

what a great story .... and outcome !

lani March 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

Great I once had a newfy lab mix and he was a sweet doggie.....nice story and love the story about the horse just below...

2cats March 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

What a beautiful dog and story. Rescue work must be so satisfying. Bless you.

Benny and Lily March 3, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

aahh poor thing. Wha a cutie
benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me March 3, 2010 at 10:09 PM  

My heart is brimming with joy for you, that you be part of this wonderful mission.
I just know this will be a wonderful experience for all of you. You will touch Sarah's life and she will touch yours.
This sounds like so much fun.
love
tweedles

Melinda March 4, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

Awww..How awesome for you!!! There is much more to rescue then just the obvious adoption. There are many out there that rescue that just need a simple bag of dog food dropped off. Or that extra collar you no longer need, etc...Or..a stop along the way.. Together..We can do anything!

Your the best Jan..I simply adore you

Oklahoma Granny March 4, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

Such a heart warming story!

Missie March 4, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

It takes a special person to take care of a Newfie!

sandy March 4, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

Quite a story, I had no idea anything like this existed until chatting with Jan about these the other day. This is so well organized, I am in complete awe of the process.

I too remember Big Bud....biggest dog I ever saw.

Sandy
Wonder if Sara will have a travel log/diary of her travels and take pics along the way? lol

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