So, this is a classic Hollywood-type story with a happy ending. Yet, even though I am relieved that everything turned out OK, the story did leave a slightly sour taste in my mouth.
Kelsey Loyd, with the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter in southern Kansas, said that an aging Labrador retriever, named Lady, was given up by his adoptive family, because they said she didn’t get along with their other pets. However, when a second family adopted Lady, she promptly escaped and walked the 30 miles distance to her original family.
But the family wouldn’t take Lady back, so she had to go to the shelter where uncertain future awaited her. Ms. Loyd said that Lady is an amazing dog:
Super dog. Gentle, calm dog. If I had to pick a dog, this would have been the dog I would take.
Then Cindy Barclay Powell posted about Lady, whom she called Ma, on Facebook, asking for someone to adopt her. She wrote:
The senior lab walked nearly 30 miles to come home. Is there anyone out there who can give this girl a home? She may not have many years left. She is spayed, house broken, leash trained, mellow, having problems walking (so her travels back to Sedan amazed me).
The post was shared close to 7,000 times and that’s when Lady’s luck changed. Helen Rosburg — an heiress to the Wrigley gum company and an owner of an animal shelter — heard the story and sent an assistant in a private jet to pick Lady up. The dog arrived in Tampa late on Thursday and was taken to Ms. Rosburg’s Florida sanctuary for neglected animals.
Lady is now well taken care of, yet I can’t help getting back to the first family who gave her up, because she didn’t get along with their other pets. Would you do that with a child?
1. Lady has had a tough life in recent months, but a Florida heiress who loves animals is vowing to make the lab’s golden years truly happy.
2. Lady was whisked away on a private jet to her new home with Wrigley chewing gum heir Helen Rich in Florida.
3. The black lab made national headlines when she walked 30 miles to return home to owners who had given her up and refused to take her back.
4. Helen Rosburg, the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Wrigley chewing gum, is a self-described animal lover. She has used a portion of her inheritance to help neglected and abandoned animals.
5. As word spread on social media, heartbroken dog fans swamped the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter telephone line as they sought to adopt the older dog.
6. After learning of her plight, Wrigley Gum heiress Helen Rich Rosburg flew a private jet to Kansas on Thursday to whisk the dog to her Florida sanctuary for neglected animals.
7. She was living a good life, but was rough with the family’s puppy and didn’t get along well with little dogs.
8. Lady’s desire to return to her previous owner was overwhelming. She escaped from her Independence home and the aged arthritic dog walked 30 miles.
9. The family with the little dogs wouldn’t take her back. And the Independence woman also decided she didn’t want Lady back. So back to the shelter she went with an uncertain future.
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