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Cop shuts down highway to save small dog, becomes Web hero

Police officer Kyle Jones of La Porte, Texas, shut down a highway on a rainy day to help a small dog find its way home.

Cujo's hero, Officer Jones

Unbeknown to Officer Jones, a nearby motorist took a photo of the officer’s kindhearted gesture. A short time later, the photo of Officer Jones attempting to wrangle the stubborn little pooch was at the top of the popular social network Reddit.

KENS 5 News, has more details. Cujo, the dog, had escaped his home on Monday morning. One of his owners, Jeremy Zapalac, organized a search party in the neighborhood. But after an hour, it started to rain. "He hates water," Zapalac said of the rat terrier.

The dog had wandered over to a nearby highway. Fortunately, Officer Jones saw the small dog, stopped his car (and traffic), and generally went the extra mile to make sure he got home safely.

"He’s not going to make it if I don’t do something," Jones said of the tiny dog. "When I saw it and saw the size of it, I immediately hit my lights and shut all the lanes off."

Jones wasn’t sure the dog would go with him, but it turned out Cujo was happy to see him. "You know how Chihuahuas are. You’re not really sure if you can trust ’em or not. But he kind of looked at me and said, ‘Man, I’m glad you’re here.’ He let me pick him right up. Stuck him in the back seat of the patrol car."

Jones handed Cujo over to an animal control officer who reunited the lost dog with his owners. They were clearly grateful. A few hours later, the owners sent a thank-you email to the police. It was published at The Huffington Post:

Just wanted to send a big thanks for the kindness shown to my "4 legged" son this morning! … As I was walking on Farrington side of park my husband drove up and said that Animal Control had just brought him home. He said an officer had seen him in the middle of Spencer Hwy. and the officer had stopped traffic to help our little guy! Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this wonderful, caring officer and his kind deed!! It is a wonderful feeling to know we have people like him looking out for us…

I kept reminding myself that he had his tag with his name, address & phone number. Then I would think of how small he is and worry all over again… After a bath and his arthritis medication he has been resting all day. Safe, warm, and home again. All because someone did care!

Again, our sincere thanks:

Don and Diwanna Zapalac and Family

h/t to Gary Patterson

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lost Dog Reunited with Family

About 10-days ago we found an injured dog in the walking path behind the hotel we are staying at.

Rescued Rosie

See:  Injured Dog Found in North Austin, Texas for full story

We made fliers and have been keeping tabs on her.  She had surgery and was recovering and has now been reunited with her family.

There is a great service called FindFido (findfido.com).  This is the first time that I have seen them in action.  They called every household in a wide neighborhood area notifying neighbors that the dog was lost.

It was a rewarding experience for us to see her reunited with her family!

September 27, 2011 Posted by | animals, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets, Success Stories | , , , | 1 Comment

Dog rescued after 100-mile journey on ice floe

WARSAW, Poland – A dog had a lucky escape when a boat rescued him from an ice floe that had carried him more than 100 miles up a river and out onto the Baltic Sea.

“My crew saw… a shape moving on the water and we immediately decided to get closer to check if it was a dog or maybe a seal relaxing on the ice,” said Jan Joachim, senior officer aboard the Baltica.

“As we got closer to the ice floe we saw that it was a dog struggling not to fall into the water.”

Ship engineer Adam Buczynski managed to scoop the dog off the floe onto an inflatable dinghy and wrapped him in a blanket.

“He didn’t even squeal. There was just fear in his big eyes,” said Buczynski.

‘Right place at the right time’

The dog was first seen on the ice floe some 70 miles inland to the south on the Vistula river but firemen were unable to rescue him. When the Baltica crew found him, he had already drifted some 18 miles out to sea.

“We were in the right place at the right time,” said Joachim, noting that they rescued him shortly before nightfall.

Crew members are now trying to locate the dog’s owner.
Poland is in the grip of bitterly cold weather, with night temperatures in some areas falling as low as -31 Fahrenheit.

Source:  MSNBC

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January 29, 2010 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal Rescues, animals, Just One More Pet, Pets, Success Stories, Unusual Stories | , , | Leave a comment