Wednesday, October 15, 2008

THE RESCUE TRANSPORT PICKUP

Hey Hounders,
This is your narrator, Jubal (with my red squeaky ball), along with lounging Homer J. and buddy-buddy Boru, here to relay the events of last Saturday's scheduled rescue transport. Dad was prepared to pickup up the rescuee, that would be Goldie, and transport him up to Delray, WV to the Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary. Ms. Silvia had pulled Goldie from an eastern NC shelter where he was high on the list to be euthanized. So Saturday Ms. Silvia and a friend of hers were going to be transporting a number of rescued dogs from the shelter in NC to various locations up the I-95 corridor. Since they were going up to Woodbridge , VA they would be driving up I-95 not too far from good old Bumpass. Dad arranged to meet them at a rest stop on northbound I-95 near Ladysmith, VA. That's about 30-40 minutes from our house. Ms.Silvia called Dad at about 10:00 AM to say that they had gotten a later than planned start and wouldn't reach Richmond until early afternoon. They had a stop there before continuing up I-95. Sometime around noon Dad got another call from Ms. Silvia and she was very upset. She started by saying that Goldie was okay, but... It seems that since they had so many dogs to transport they were hauling a horse trailer with a number of crated dogs inside, Goldie among them. Somehow Goldie managed to break out of his crate inside the horse trailer. Now this is all happening as Ms. Silvia and her friend were traveling northbound on I-95 doing about 60 mph. Goldie got on top of the crates at the back of the trailer and proceeded to climb to the top of the tailgate. He then squirmed through a very narrow opening at the top of the tailgate and jumped out onto I-95. Well this was all oblivious to Ms. Silvia but fortunately a big rig trucker following behind them noticed the ongoing escape and he turned on his emergency flashers and managed to slow all of the traffic behind the horse trailer. By this time the other drivers probably recognized the dangerous situation developing before them. When Goldie jumped all traffic stopped and Ms. Silvia was made aware of the situation. The big rig driver, with his own dauchand on a leash, pulled over to help recover Goldie. Ms. Silvia says that everyone on I-95 pulled over to help corral Goldie. Miraculously Goldie was up and running around on the highway, undoubtedly very frightened. One woman that pulled over was able to coax Goldie over to her and she held on to him. Ms Silvia retrieved him and put him inside the pickup. He suffered only a few scraps of road rash which is simply amazing. Of course everyone was really concerned but aside from messing all over himself from fright Goldie seemed not too badly off. Dad tried to calm Ms. Silvia over the phone but he realized how bad she probably felt. It was evident that Dad wouldn't be picking up Goldie until much later in the day than originally expected. Ms. Silvia said she'd call him at Richmond and at about 3:30 PM she called but she had already left Richmond and was only about 10 miles south of the rest stop. Dad told her that he'd leave right away but that it would take at least 30 minutes to get to the rest stop. Ms. Silvia said that was okay because she needed to rest herself for a while. Dad and our cousin Caitlin left right away. They got to the rest area at about 4:00 PM and transferred Goldie from the pickup truck to our car. You had to look really hard to see the few bruises that Goldie got from his escapade. He didn't appear to be suffering from shock but Dad said that we'd all watch carefully to make sure that Goldie had no ill affects from his fall to the asphalt. Ms. Silvia was very nice and Dad assured her that he'd take good care of Goldie. Ms. Silvia continued her transport and Dad and Caitlin brought Goldie to our house. Now the plan was for Goldie to spend the night in our kennel, segregated from the rest of us, and to take him to WV on Sunday. Dad fed Goldie and let him have some water and then crated him so that he could get some much needed rest. He also gave him a Deramax tablet to relieve whatever pain he might have from the fall. Dad took him out in to the paddock and examined his business to make sure that there wasn't any internal bleeding. He cleaned up Goldie's scraps and it was apparent that there weren't any painful injuries such as broken bones. Dad says that it is really a miracle that Goldie wasn't killed either by landing on the highway at 60 mph or by being run over by the traffic behind the horse trailer on I-95. Mom says that Saint Francis was watching out for Goldie and that he was not meant to die either at the shelter or on the highway. I'll cover the rest of Goldie's quest to find his furever home in our next posting. - Jubal of The Bumpass Hounds

GOLDIE CRATED FOR THE EVENING

1 comment:

Gus said...

Goldie was in a big hurry to get to your dad, and getting frustrated with the delays. So he took matters into his own hands. We are glad he finally made it to your place safely. Hope all is well.

gussie

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