Scared Puppy Found in Gutter Finds a Warm Lap and a Home

Written by Jodi Shadle of California

On a cold March evening, my family and I were driving home from a family get-together, when I saw something moving in the gutter. It almost looked like it was being blown, but then I could see that it was moving with purpose.

I asked my husband, “What is that in the gutter?”

He looked over and exclaimed, “Oh my God, that’s a puppy!”

We were at the corner, so he turned and pulled over. I grabbed my coat and got out. The puppy was terrified, and not moving normally. I kept talking until I could reach it, but it tried to bite. I tossed my coat over it, scooped it up and got back in the car.

It was a little girl, and once we were in the car, she snuggled right down and fell asleep in my lap.

She was very thin, and all her fur was matted together in one piece over her whole body. The reason her movement was strange was that her hind leg was matted to her side.

I offered her food, but she could only eat about 2 tablespoons at a time. I gave her multiple feedings a day, but she was so empty that she didn’t have a bowel movement for three days. After a few days to stabilize her, I took her to the vet. They shaved her and found over 100 ticks on her 8 pound body, so she had to be dipped.

She is a honey-colored Shih Tzu, and very sweet, so we call her Honey. She is fiercely protective of our family, and sleeps curled in a ball on, or by, my side of the bed. Because of this, and where we found her, my husband and kids tease me about my ‘Gutterball’ (I am a very poor bowler, so it’s not my first one!)

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Waheeda S.
Waheeda E4 years ago

Thank you for giving Honey a home!

Joanna W.
Joanna W4 years ago

thank you

Audrey B.
Audrey B4 years ago

Beautiful dog, how could someone just dump a dog? There are so many shelters out there, if someone does not want a dog bring him to a shelter, tie him to the shelters fence, door knob something, but don't just dump a dog, they are so defenseless. This dog could have been crushed by a car.

There are so many idiots out there, please if someone does not want the dog they have brought home, then give them away in a safe way. Nothing else is acceptable.

Best wishes for Honey.

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobets4 years ago


Sue H.
.4 years ago

Just love to hear another happy ending and a real home for an abandoned animal.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright4 years ago

Lovely story....thank you so much for noticing Honey and especially for stopping and rescuing her! I'm sure Honey has repaid her thankfulness a thousand times over. See post from Sydney M.................

Thank you for sharing!

Angela Roquemore
Angela Roquemore4 years ago

Cutest 'gutterball' I've ever sen!

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo4 years ago

very nice what you did

Donna Ferguson
Donna F4 years ago

ty! Bless all the Animal Angels!