Skip to comments.Lab walks 30 miles to previous owner, who wouldn't take dog back
Posted on 08/01/2014 4:42:09 PM PDT by expat1000
WICHITA, KS (KCTV) - 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.
Lab gets fairytale ending after 2 families reject dog Lady is getting use to her new home in Florida after a wealthy heiress rescued her from a Kansas shelter. Lady's story is worthy of a Hollywood movie. The grizzled 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.
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.
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.
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Effing people are the worst. They don’t deserve that beautiful dog.
Hope it has a great life with its new owner.
Poor ole pup. I am glad he was rescued. Some people aren’t worth walking two feet for.
Well those people just plain suck. A big Thank You to whomever gave her a new home.
Good for her —
I’m gonna go buy a pack of Wrigleys and have a chew just for them.
I hope there is an eternal “warm” place for those who mistreat and/or abandon these TRULY innocent and wonderful of God’s creatures.
How csn people hurt animals? I’m glad this has a happy ending, she’s a beautiful dog.
Heck, I hope something happens to them HERE! And I will not mince words in saying that.
Thanks for your post——I couldn’t even go to the link.
Glad the “heiress” took Lady in. We have taken our share of older dogs dumped by callous people.
We’ve had over forty dogs since we’ve been married (36 years). Mostly they last a couple of years as they are generally quite old, and require some veterinary attention, but they need homes just like the pups. It’s a heartache due their age, but worth it as the older dogs are generally very loving animals with a history, and just want a home.
Haven’t ever had a regretful situation with one yet. Hope never will.
I’m with you.
At least there was a happy ending for her.
I had my own “happy ending” animal story today. I sometimes feed the squirrels in the local park, and a few months ago there was one with a badly injured hind leg that was hobbling around. He had a wound on the leg, it seemed to be broken, and he had licked all the fur off it from the knee down. Still managed to get in and out of trees on his three legs, but on the ground, he could barely sit with out wobbling.
I tried to go more frequently and look for him specifically to feed, since he obviously couldn’t forage much in his condition. After about a week though, I stopped seeing him and figured that he must have died.
Well, today I stopped by and was doing my usual routine when I spotted a scraggly, skinny, pathetic looking squirrel, missing most of the fur on his tail, hanging around the tree that the injured one used to live in. Sure enough, when I got closer I noticed he was limping on his hind leg, but could walk on it and get around. The little guy survived!
He’s skinny but getting around a lot better. I’m going to make some extra trips and hopefully I can get him fattened up before wintertime.
Amen! I love dogs. People....eh.
What a wonderful dog. I could cry.
20 Internets for Helen Rich Rosburg..!!!
It breaks your heart to hear that she walked all that way and was rejected, but one has to think about this, hold the emotion for a minute. How did it happen that an elderly dog was free to walk away on her own? What was the arrangement? Was she released to a private owner or Humane Society? If so, somebody was not watching her, and she could have by hit by a car at her age. Everbody is raining hate on the previous owner who ‘wouldn’t take her back’, but maintaining a dog of that age and in declining health is a big financial responsibility. Perhaps the owner had a change of lifestyle, and knew she would not have enough time to give this dog to keep her happy. People should be thankful the previous owner allowed this dog to continue her life, however curtailed it may be at this point. I’m thrilled that someone with both the will and the means to support her quickly came forward. Like the Purina commercials used to say, with some dogs; ‘All you add is Love”.
What a loving face.
Poor pooch..if I already didnt have two little guys of my own I would take her in..I hope she finds an owner who will treat her with the love and respect she deserves
“Rosburg, the great-granddaughter of the founder of the famous gum, is a self-described animal lover. She has used a portion of her inheritance to help neglected and abandoned animals. She has built a 120-acre farm in Odessa, FL, that houses 300 animals including rabbits, pigs and goats. She even built an on-site home for a trainer to work with dogs dealing with behavioral issues. She reportedly has a staff of 15 to care for the animals, and eventually adopts out some of the animals or they are trained to be service dogs. “
It’s nice to know that there are a few truly caring people out there.
I’m glad that little fellow is getting better. Bless you for feeding him.
I used to feed a squirrel that lived in a tree in my mom’s backyard. When we went to visit her, that little thing would come bounding-—no exaggeration-—to meet us, and he would sit up on his hind legs and grab for the peanuts. I looked forward to seeing him.
Well we almost always get the rescues who show up abandoned in our yard or on our street. Have not gotten a loser yet. We could not have gotten two better dogs than Buddy our Beagle who just died at 17 plus years or Coco our cute little Chihuahua. We are waiting to see who shows up next. :-)
Poor sweet doggie. I’m almost crying now.
I hate people. That dog’s loyalty is astounding. Poor doggie.
Poor dog. Glad she found a home. I hope the mugs who kicked her out get a spanking.
What you said. This story just hurts my heart. Good for that woman for helping him.
The article says that his original owner died.
Yeah, they are so skittish around humans normally, but once they get to know you (and that you have food), they can get pretty comfortable with you.
I have a few that will sit right by my feet while they eat their peanut, so they can get another one as fast as possible. Those guys will even take a peanut out of my hand if I offer it to them. But there is probably only one really brave squirrel out of twenty that will get that close to you, and it takes a while for them to trust you like that.
You are wonderful! 40 dogs in 36 years - wow! My husband and I take in old rescue dogs as well. We’ve only had three. They are the sweetest things. I lost one of them a year ago - only had her two years. I thought I’d have her longer and was shocked when we lost her. She was eleven so I shouldn’t have been surprised.
I can’t even look at the photo of the old dog. She looks so tired, poor thing. We don’t have “Lassie” endings anymore, I guess.
The original owners of thar dog represent a special kind of sickness..........and it ain’t good! I look at that dogs eyes and I SEE MY BOY AND IT MAKES ME SHUDDER TO EVER IMAGINE HIM IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES.
You have to be quick to draw your hand back when they snatch the peanut, too...those little claws are sharp. I found out the hard way, LOL.
My wife and I had just moved in to our house. The second day she was at the front door with a bag of groceries. She unlocked the door and turned around to pick up the bag. As soon as she turned around a squirrel climbed up her leg and onto her shoulder. She screamed, shucked it off and ran inside.
Turns out the previous owner would feed the squirrel peanuts, with the squirrel on her shoulder!
“....only had her two years”
That’s about it with the older rescues. If you have them longer than that, count the blessings.
LOL! Your poor wife...talk about startling!
Absolutely. The problem with her death is that it was unexpected. No health problems, supposedly, and she ate her breakfast and was running around. She collapsed and went into shock. Internal bleeding. I’m still not over it although I got another rescue dog within the month. She’s a real cutie, too.
Breaks my heart.
While jogging this morning, a big, well fed, well groomed tan color Lab raced by me on one of the trails east of Seattle.
Obviously lost, obviously in a panic.
Looked like it had an ID collar, but it wouldn’t even turn to look when I called and ran after him.
That’s made me feel sad all day.
Now a story like this - ouch!
“...talk about startling!”
And the squirrel too. “What - no peanuts?”
“Im still not over it although I got another rescue dog within the month.”
We can relate. What happened to her isn’t uncommon with the older ones. Heartbreaker!
Good for you getting another rescue dog. There’s usually nothing more loving than a rescue mutt.
Gave her up for little yippy dogs??? OMG
Null and Void raised a tiny baby squirrel to adolescence, if not adulthood. His name was Mr. Flibble, at least it was until near the time SHE was released into the wild.
“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.”
Does she do as much for people?
Thanks for making me have teary eyes over my beer. I stayed up all night last night because my little Chihuahuas were scared of the thunders and lighting
It's a relief that this story has a somewhat happy ending. Excuse me, I have to go hug my dogs now.
I’d walk 30 miles for my dog.
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