Though the rescue of dogs and cats and their journey to a new life is the hard work of dedicated people from all over the world — yes, rescues even cross the oceans and seas of our planet earth to reach their forever homes — it is not without a tale worthy of telling. Incredibly pets speak volumes without saying a single word. It’s all body language and facial expressions. Perhaps that is why I love silent movies so much — they remind me of pet-speak.
A couple months ago, I shared with you the hilarious story of one “leg” on the journey three spaniels took aboard the canine rescue railroad as told by the driver, Robin Olson. She is typically a cat person, so her foray into the world of dogs had me laughing out loud to the point of tears. Even on the third reading of her story. How well I recognize the “death fart” and “the stench of pepperoni dog barf.” Imagine how it must have seemed to a cat person stuck inside the confines of a small car driving down the road.
Recently, another author, Debbie Eades, commented on a post I wrote about the underground railroad for cats and dogs. For seven years, Debbie and her husband have been driving rescues from kill shelters to rescue groups and forever homes in the Cincinnati area. In that time, Debbie has accumulated hundreds of tales and photos of the journey for these rescued animals.
From these tales has come a book: “Every Rescued Dog Has a Tale: Stories from the Dog Rescue Railroad.” [slider title=”In her words: “]
EVERY RESCUED DOG HAS A TALE is the story of homeless dogs fated to die on death row in animal shelters around the country that were saved by being transported by volunteers to other states. Each chapter is the story of one dog from his hapless beginning to his happy ending, complete with photos. Some stories are heart wrenching while others are full of humor. They all teach a lesson of how one person can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. All it takes is a weekend drive and some free time.
In this book, you will meet Oreo, a pit bull puppy who was being used as bait in a dog fighting ring in New Jersey before being rescued and adopted by a family in Kentucky. You will also read the story of the Chocolate Chip puppies who were found abandoned in the woods in Tennessee after being tortured and beaten and left for dead by some future serial killer. They are taken to a vet and recover fully. Finally they take a Christmas weekend trip to Canada where they all get adopted by loving families. You will meet Sasha, a beautiful black Great Dane who is abandoned and tied to a doghouse in the dead of winter, with no food until her owner calls Great Dane Rescue and tells them to “come and get her”. Underweight and suffering with heartworms, she is saved by the rescue and recovers from her illness. She still waits for a happy forever home in Ohio now that she is well again. [Update: Sasha has been adopted!]
The book contains 17 individual chapters, each profiling a rescued dog, with an additional 15 pages of black and white photos of many other dogs on their way to a happy ending. These stories will touch you and will hopefully entice you to become a transporter yourself after reading how easy it is to help.
Profits from the sale of the book go directly to help rural animal shelters and dog rescues around the country so that more dogs will have a happy ending. It is her hope that more people will be inspired to become a volunteer and save more lives. There is a great amount of satisfaction received from helping these animals in need.
Here are a few of the dogs Debbie and her husband have journeyed with over the years. You can click on any of the photos to read a caption about the dog(s).
For more information about Debbie’s book and to read an excerpt, you can go to her website everyrescueddog.homestead.com
At any moment, there are thousands of pets needing transport… and you can help. To start, go to yahoo groups: pet transport. There are many groups. Find one that interests you, whether it is by breed, by region or by state.
Help these guys (and gals) get home.