Lucky Dog, The One That Got Away

by Mary Haight on September 1, 2012

Lucky dogI was watching the stray dog wranglers do their work, capture and cage them. I thought each one was a lucky dog who would feel so much better after being checked and treated for any obvious problems, all part of the Amazon CARES spay/neuter program.

There was one little dog who wasn’t taking his capture well. He watched how the lid on the cage had to be opened and just how far as each new animal was added. He saw his moment and jumped up to meet the gloved hand of one of the handlers. Undeterred, the little dog jumped and bit, jumped and bit, jumped and bit, relentless in his effort until the offending hand moved enough for him to leap to “safety”. “No cages for me, I’m free” he seemed to say as we saw his backside scampering down the lane…

From the other side of the cage, a little brown and black terrier type “got away” in a very different sense. One of the vets, Jackie Imai (guessed at spelling) decided she would take this quiet little dog back to California once she was well and the summer heat has passed. The dog with no name had no idea she would be winning the doggy lotto the day that net came down and swooped her up =)

lucky dogThis lucky dog got a flea treatment, prednisone, was fixed and is recovering well. She got a new basket lined with a towel and took to her new place with the vet as if she knew it was her destiny. She looked to Jackie for everything – she was her provider, her “person”.

There was no convenient pet store for a collar and leash, so the dog had to be free to have a little walk and relieve herself. She always came back when Jackie called. She stayed overnight in the hotel and was quiet and unobtrusive there and in the boat going to Nauta, as if she did not want to jinx her good luck.

I’ve seen a lot of dogs who knew they had been saved and were thankful, but it had been awhile since I had seen such a strong, fast bond form…a particularly wonderful memory of this jungle trip with Amazon CARES.

13 comments
pete
pete

May God bless all these people who have the kind heart to rescue and save the animals. Very inspiring!

Saving Dinah
Saving Dinah

The world sure could use more people like Jackie!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Yes, treatment is less talked about because population control is such a focus, but let me tell you without those treatments, so many of those dogs would be abused out of fear, and public health would be an issue too.

melF
melF

That's amazing. I haven't seen a bond form that quickly either. Maybe she knew she wasn't meant for that world anymore. She has the oat of a Sheltie. I wonder if it's possible she is part Sheltie? I am so glad they trap them and treat them too.

@AmazonCares
@AmazonCares

I am re-posting this blog today. Tomorrow I will be posting a blog written by Jackie herself, with many more great photos of the dog she rescued. Plus I'll reveal the name Jackie has bestowed upon her! I feel so fortunate that Mary joined Amazon CARES on this especially hard trip. Mel, I hope you'll join us one day too!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Molly - I look forward to Jackie's story, and I do want to know what name she chose! Thanks for reposting and the kind words - it was a fascinating trip!

kolchakpuggle
kolchakpuggle

People often look at me sideways for calling our Felix a "grateful rescue", but there really is that something special in the bond between a human and the dog they save, isn't there? Thank you for sharing such a sweet story!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

There really is - and thanks for your lovely comment;)

Animals Away
Animals Away

God Bless these people for saving and taking care of all of these animals. I hope that little Doggie feels much better!

@vscook
@vscook

Love at first sight - congrats to Jackie and her Lucky Dog!

Jen
Jen

They are all lucky dogs! Especially the one who went home with Jackie.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Yes they are;) The one that got away doesn't know what he missed!

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