Saturday, April 1, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Former shelter dog hailed as a hero for finding 3-year-old girl curled up in ditch

Here's an uplifting story for you. A dog that was discarded into a shelter, left to die was adopted only to save an unrelated toddler from freezing to death. We need to understand that dogs are much more than pets. They have intelligence beyond what we can imagine, they have knowledge, a sense of danger, personalities all their own. They are JUST like people and should be treated with dignity and respect. This is just one example of what a dog can do. Amazing.

Former shelter dog hailed as a hero for finding 3-year-old girl curled up in ditch

 By Jennifer Earl CBS News March 21, 2017, 5:27 PM

Former shelter dog, Peanut, is being hailed a hero for rescuing a 3-year-old girl from a ditch in Michigan.
Delta Animal Shelter/Facebook
     A year ago, a 2-year-old dog with broken legs, ribs and a belly full of carpet was fortunate enough to be saved by an animal shelter and adopted into a loving home.
Now, a year later, the dog’s the one doing the rescuing.
      The medium-sized mixed-breed named Peanut suddenly started barking uncontrollably while inside her home in Escanaba, Michigan, Friday morning. The behavior was certainly unusual for the ordinarily shy pup.
     She ran up and down the stairs, barking and yelping until her owner finally let her outside. Once the door opened, the dog barreled into an open field behind the house -- her confused owner following close behind.
Eventually, the dog stopped in front of a ditch, and looked back at her owner.
At first, the man pulled on the dog’s collar to turn back, but then he took a closer look and saw a naked little girl curled up into a ball, shivering uncontrollably in the freezing temperatures. Quickly, he hopped into the ditch and wrapped her in his shirt, running back home with Peanut on his heels.
     The family called 911 as they covered the girl in blankets to warm her up.
“By the time the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing -- ‘doggie,’” the dog’s owner explained in a letter to the Delta Animal Shelter, where they adopted the dog last April. “Thanks to Peanut, a little girl’s life was saved.”

     Michigan’s Delta County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the family’s story in a news statement on Monday, crediting the canine for alerting his owner to the child’s presence.
     The little girl was not injured and was transported to a nearby hospital for tests, while deputies went door to door in an attempt to find her parents, authorities said. The parents were eventually located at a house nearby.
“Further investigation unveiled unsafe and unsanitary living conditions at the residence,” the sheriff’s office reported. “Child Protective Services was contacted and the found girl along with another young female were eventually removed from the residence.”
    Police said the case has been sent to the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
    “Through all of this sad news, give thanks the children are safe,” the Delta Animal Shelter wrote in a post on Tuesday. “The good in this heartbreaking story is the heroism of this former abused shelter dog Peanut, and her wonderful adoptive family.”
The family agreed, praising Peanut for her “sixth sense.”   “Without her, not only would she have been gone from this world, but the life of this little girl might have been taken as well,” Peanut’s owner said.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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