Leave it to the dogs… a heartwarming story comes out of Texas about a Great Pyrenees called Duke and a puppy named Rudy. Rudy, an 8-week-old Labrador-mix was left tied outside at the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) the evening of December 2nd. He chewed his way out of the leash and decided to break into the shelter!
“People don’t want to wait till the office opens, so they just leave them,” said Peggy Brown, Humane Education and Community Outreach at HSNT.
Security footage showed this determined pup pacing back and forth in front of the shelter’s fence. Once he freed himself of his tether, he could be seen scrambling into the shelter. Not that difficult a task for a pup that weighs only about 5 pounds. Sorry to say, but security footage not being filmed in HD, the great escape won’t be making it on to YouTube.
The little fellow was found by staff the next morning curled up and sleeping with Duke, an 85-pound, 13-month-old dog who had been surrendered to the shelter. It appears as if the puppy – who got his name from a staff member named Rudy — walked halfway through the row of dogs before selecting Duke to cozy up to. Rudy was able to squiggle into Duke’s cage and the two became a team. I wonder if Rudy saw a bit of his mom in Duke’s coloring, perhaps?
Puppies are more easily adopted from shelters than adult dogs and Rudy found his new family in less than a week’s time.
Duke — happy to report — was adopted shortly thereafter to another home. Happy endings for all.
Some people don’t want to claim responsibility when dropping off pets at a shelter. Some try and avoid the fees incurred when surrendering an animal. Yet others just let their pets go in a low-populated environment to fend for themselves. None of those are good plans.
I suppose the good thing is Rudy’s human(s) at least tried to get him to a shelter environment. But he could just as easily have crossed a road and been hit by a car after chewing his way out of his leash. Rudy was the smart one in this story. Common sense, it seems, told Rudy to go there for heat, food and canine company. Good for you, Rudy!
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All photos of Rudy and Duke used with permission of Humane Society of North Texas