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Military Wife Rescues Puppy While Watching “Marley & Me”

Military Wife Rescues Puppy While Watching “Marley & Me”

 

Written by Edith Stafford of Louisiana

One afternoon in the summer of 2010 my husband was at work and I was watching Marley & Me on TV, when suddenly I heard a puppy whining in my apartment. We were newlyweds and my dogs were not with us just yet. After I heard it a couple of times, I decided to investigate, which brought me to open the front door and, lo and behold, there was a yellow Labrador pup no more than 6 weeks old cornered in our door.

At first I thought it was a joke as I saw some kids playing around in the parking lot. I picked her up and asked them if they knew who this dog belonged to. The kids said they had seen some older kids “playing” with her on the other side of the parking lot. Apparently they hit her with a stick, so she ran away trying to find a place to hide. Such kids had said to them that the pup made her way there after a man dropped her off.

Terrified to hear the story, I checked her all over and found fresh blood and a small cut behind her left ear. It made me so angry that someone would harm such an innocent creature so I held her against my chest and told the kids “if you see someone asking for her, tell them I have her.” I knew whoever did that would have to hear me and would be reported to animal services if they dared to come and get her, but no one came.

Now Where Would We Keep Her?

That afternoon my husband came home to find his wife and a new puppy and asked “what did you do?” I told him the story and he agreed we needed to do our best to help her. Being newlyweds in the process of saving money to move into a bigger house, we knew we couldn’t keep her, as we already had my three dogs waiting to move home with us. We called every no-kill shelter in town and no one had room for her. My husband is active duty military, so the next step was to go to responsible people he knew and ask them if they would want a puppy. We took pictures and posted on Facebook, sent e-mails and text messages and waited. Four days later, as we were driving to a shelter that said they could probably take her, we got a call from one of my husband’s Sargeants who said he would take care of her until we moved to a bigger house, so that she didn’t have to go to a shelter.

Happily ever after.

We were so happy and blessed to have someone with the heart to do that. Three months later, we found a home and were in the process of moving in when my husband’s Sargeant asked him if there was a chance for him to keep the dog as his children were already too fond of her. We knew she was happy and well taken care of so, of course, we said yes.

Her name went from Sookie to Crackers and finally to Gumbo. But despite all her name changes, one thing that stayed true to her story was she found a loving forever home and all we had to do was to open our home to her when she needed it most…and make a few calls. As a result, she is now the happiest Gumbo you’ll ever find down in Louisiana!

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10:24AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Thanks so much for all you did to help Gumbo, what a noble couple youre , God Bless you!!!!!Im so glad Gumbo is happy since they found you , and what a huge coincidence that she appear when you were watching Marley and Me oh my that movie broke my heart and I could´t stop crying , oh my what a sad ending. So maybe Marley send her to you .

4:34AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Very nice story and compliments to the lady that took some time to help this little dog, I'm very glad the thing ended up well

6:01AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

"Die Größe eines Volkes und seine moralischen Fortschritte können daran gemessen werden, wie es seine Tiere behandelt."

Those who are cruel to animals cannot be righteous human beings.

Wer gegen Tiere grausam ist, kann kein guter Mensch sein.

2:48AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

great ending thanks for sharing :)

3:14AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thank you for saving this puppy and finding her a good home.

6:56AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Edith, thank you and your husband, for taking the time, to take this innocent injured puppy in and caring for her until she found a loving home. Thank you for not turning your back on her and sending her back out into the cruel streets of evil people awaiting to hurt her again. Those BASTARDS have their day coming to them. Animals are innocent, they feel pain, love, happiness, sorrow, sadness, they cry, and smile, love to feel the sun shine, play in the snow, water, park, chase balls, play with toys just like people. That's why I can't understand to save my freaking life, why anyone would want to harm an animal, inflict pain on them, think of them as nothings. Animals are blessed with special gifts, ones we humans are not born with. I hope Edith, you and your husband and the person that adopted this lovely puppy will be blessed abundantly down the road. To the person that inflicted pain and drew blood from this puppy, if you're reading this, I hope hell will catch you down the road, you worthless rotten scum bag.

6:53AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Edith, thank you and your husband, for taking the time, to take this innocent injuried puppy in and caring for her until she found a loving home. Thank you for not turning your back on her and sending her back out into the cruel streets of evil people awaiting to hurt her again. Those BASTARDS have their day coming to them. Animals are innocent, they feel pain, love, happiness, sorrow, saddness, they cry, and smile, love to feel the sun shine, play in the snow, water, park, chase balls, play with toys just like people. That's why I can't understand to save my freakin life, why anyone would want to harm an animal, inflict pain on them, think of them as nothings. Aniamls are blessed with special gifts, ones we humans are not born with. I hope Edith, you and your husband and the person that adopted this lovely puppy will be blessed abundantly down the road. To the person that inflicted pain and drew blood from this puppy, if you're reading this, I hope hell will catch you down the road, you worthless rotten scumbag.

9:23PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Edith, you and your husband earned some humanity stripes for saving and re-homing this sweet dog. Endless thanks and respect for the Sergeant who ended up adopting Gumbo...

Many, many HAPPY DANCES all around!

7:22AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Great story Xx

5:15PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

everything happens for a reason.....say no more :)

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