Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Todd hit the lottery

Lasts week, while driving back from an assignment, I got behind a pickup truck pulling a trailer. Up ahead, I saw something small on the edge of the road, and the next few seconds played out in what seemed like slow motion.

A puppy ran into the road directly in front of the truck. Thankfully, the driver wasn't driving fast and reacted quickly to dodge the tiny creature.

I slammed on the breaks and stopped in the center of the road to block traffic.

The commotion frightened the puppy, and it ran back into the tall weeds at the edge of the road. It had rained hard the night before, and the thigh-high grass was still wet.

The little dog had wallowed out a small circle in the tall weeds. As I approached, it laid down in his "shelter" shaking and whimpering.

I looked around, and there were no houses nearby. Someone had probably tossed the pup out to manage on its own.

My pants were already wet, so I squatted down and whistled gently. To my surprise, it began wagging its tail, stood, and took tentative steps toward me.  A moment later, I scooped him up.  He trembled in my hands.

As I waded back through the grass, a car approached from the rear. I think she was annoyed that I was blocking the road until she saw the tiny dog.

Once home, the first thing out of Jilda's mouth was, "It's beautiful, but we CANNOT adopt another dog." I knew she was right, no matter how cute the pup was.

Calling my friend at the local shelter, I told her I'd found a dog and asked if she would consider helping to find it a forever home.

She said finding homes for cute puppies was easy. I told her I'd bring it down the next day.

I took a picture and posted it on social media, but I was fairly sure no one would claim the pup.

I was afraid that one of our big dogs might hurt the pup, so I texted our niece Samantha to ask if she could keep the pup until I could take it to the rescue shelter the next morning. She agreed.

The next morning, she sent me a text saying that she and her son Jordan had decided that they would like to keep the puppy.

I felt a little bad at first until I saw them walking up the hill to our house with the little dog happily running ahead of them.

A few days later, they named the "pupper"  Todd. It looks to me like Todd hit the lottery?




15 comments:

  1. Fairy tales can come true! Tears of happiness from Coosada.

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  2. Oh, I'm so glad for people like you with a big caring heart and so glad for Jordan. But now, maybe Jordan won't have time to come help you pick the blueberries, unless he wants to fill his belly. The puppy is adorable.
    Hugs, Julia

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  3. Good for Jordan, a boy needs to grow up with a dog! Todd is going to be an extended part of your pack.

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  4. Thank you, and your family.

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  5. What a lovely story. It seems like the puppy found you and then Jordan. Take care.

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  6. Todd certainly did win the lottery. Lucky for all concerned I say.
    Alphie

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  7. Wow! Such a good outcome for that cutie and for Jordan! (Wait, you didn't have any idea they might not be able to resist? Hmmm) I hope we see more of Todd in the future! Good job Rick!

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  8. A friend of mine sent me a note this morning saying that the first draft of this post had a bunch of errors. When I read back through it, I was embarrassed.
    I was tired yesterday, but that's no excuse.

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  9. If there is anything better than your BEE stuff, it is your puppy stuff. I could see you in the wet weeds rescuing such a pretty puppy. Nice for the story to have a sweet ending. BTW, I think every stray that meets you and Jilda hits the lottery!
    Good one!
    Sherry & jack

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  10. What a cutie! You were in the right place at the right time to save that pup from disaster. It's great to read a feel good story!

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  11. That pup truly did win the lottery when it comes to having a new family. Hope they all enjoy each others company.

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  12. Todd and Jordan are going to be the best of friends. It was meant to be.

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  13. Awww so adorable!! What an angel you are and your heartfelt story touched my soul. He is a lucky puppy. Every dog needs someone to love, lucky Jordan!

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  14. I seen the little pup when you posted it to social media. I was sure it would quickly find a home. It is adorable. It looks like a little beagle.
    Lisa

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  15. What an adorable pup, lucky that you found him

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