So this is the story of a sad, little puppy (or what should have been a sad, little puppy). If you’ve been following along on my personal page on FB, you know that we decided to rescue a young Australian Shepherd pup from a kill shelter in VA. So that decision was where the saga began with this picture…
“Puppy” was posted by Buchanan County Animal Shelter and shared on an Aussie Rescue group I belong to. Her previous owner had dumped her. She was abandoned for three weeks or better. She was fed off and on during that time by a very sweet girl named Karissa. Karissa probably meant the difference between life and death for Puppy. On New Year’s Eve, when she was covered in snow and looked like she might freeze to the ground because she was so wet, the girl took her to the shelter. She was hopeful that her owner could be found or that she would find a new home. Little did she know that her owner had deliberately abandoned her, and the owner was notified by a FB friend that she was at the shelter. For ten days, nobody claimed Puppy while we waited and checked in. Instead, the friend posted, “idk if they want her so just give her a good home lol.” LOL?!?! Not so much… It’s a kill shelter, genius!
Finally, the day was arriving when her hold was up and she could leave the shelter and travel to a new forever home. We went with Harley (resident Aussie) and Liam (our little) and headed south to the in-laws in WV to visit for the evening and get a little sleep. Then it was up at 3:00 AM and out the door before 3:30 AM to get on the road for the 5+ hour drive from their house to the shelter in VA. It was so cold… 3* really?!
The sights we saw on this trip (the real story behind the post other than me shamelessly posting pics of the new pup)… We traveled through a lot of small towns. These towns had some things I had never seen before… Including products from a successful Shark Tank investment!
We arrived at the shelter and pulled toward the road to realize the bar was still across… Nobody home. Joe is frustrated and thinking that the people gave me bad information. I told him it was cold and maybe the person was running behind… That turned out to be correct. The nice gentleman, whom I had been speaking with for several days on the phone, had stopped to get himself a breakfast biscuit at McDonalds. 😉
He ushered us inside, showed us the pup, and we started our paperwork. She was very sweet but timid when we went back to actually get her out of her small 3×4 enclosure. She smelled like something that had died months ago… We leashed her and when we got her outside, she was off like a rocket… Taking Joe for several trips around the lot. She had a little help getting in the car, and off we went.
We now knew that we needed to get her a bath ASAP, get some baby wipes to keep us clean on the trip, and pick up some dry food similar to what she had been eating at the shelter. We knew we would be making several stops so the Walmart that was on our way in was our first destination upon leaving… But during the trip back down the mountain, we had to first check out the Appalachian Inn! Probably not your first choice in accommodation unless you were looking for a leanto perched on the side of a cliff.
Then we arrived at what claimed to be Walmart… Unlike any Walmart I have EVER seen… I will refer to it from now on as the high rise Walmart. The signs say it is Walmart, but it looks like a 3 story building with a shopping plaza in the basement. It wasn’t unlike the complex built in Morgantown, WV at Suncrest. All I saw where storefronts (bottom level) and two more stories of brick. We followed the road past the side of the building and realized what looked like a steel and beam construction project underway from the main road was actually a parking garage. Sign says = Walmart Level 3! What?!?
So we parked and headed up the escalator and at the third level we turned and saw what you normally have after two sets of sliding doors. We had arrived. Shopping quickly and heading out, Joe was quick to point out the mechanism for getting the buggy down the escalator with us. Again, this was a trip of firsts for me. 🙂 Puppy went to the potty, and we hit the road again.
We arrived after several more stops and 5 hours back at the house for some puppy play, baby meeting, and a much needed double bath and quick groom. All is well at our house today as we try to settle in to the new routine.
What adventures have you gone on that made you feel like a stranger in a foreign land? Were they outside the US or right here on home soil?
PS… I’ve asked and begged for name suggestions, and after meeting her we know her name… It is Sadie (Robertson) Zirkle! She is happy and perky!! She probably has one of the best personalities I’ve ever known and is such a sweetheart. The ability animals have to forget and move on and believe the best in mankind is truly amazing. 🙂