His sweet, sad looking eyes were hard to resist. When Colleen Moran and Dan Reddington of Santa Cruz saw the sweet little face on a pet rescue website, they knew they had to have him. Now this pup they’ve named Rhodie is part of their family.
The couple says the young pup’s story touched their hearts. How he was found abandoned in a trash bag on the side of a Tulare County road. They had been looking for a dog for about six months, and decided he was the one. “I wanted to cry. It was a really heartbreaking story– that somebody could do that to a dog,” says Colleen Moran.
Fortunately, this 2-month-old Queensland Heeler Mix wasn’t on the roadside for long. A sheriff’s deputy found him and took him to a shelter. He was in foster care for a bit, until his forever family was selected out of about 100 applicants. Now they’re in love. “He’s a little rambunctious. He’s a puppy. He’s playful; he’ll run around like crazy for 20 minutes or so, wanting to play and getting our attention. Then he’ll sleep for like an hour,” Moran says.
Definitely a happy ending to what could have been one very tragic tail. And sadly a story that happens all too often. According to Lydia House of the Valley Oak SPCA, “I want every puppy to have this outcome. So when I hear this puppy had one hundred applications, that’s amazing. So there’s still 99 people wanting a puppy. Go rescue a puppy.”
Rhodie was neutered, so he’s got a bit of recovering to do. But he’ll be back to running around very soon at his new permanent home, where he won’t be abandoned ever again.