Shortcut to Work Saves Pit Bull Fleeing on Railroad Tracks

Written by Jane Almy  of  Florida (USA)

On May 18, 2011, I took a shortcut to work. When I came up to some railroad tracks in an industrial park, there was a dog standing on the tracks in front of me with a look in his eyes as if to say, “Go ahead, hit me, I have nothing to live for.”

I pulled over and took out a bag of cat food I always keep in my car to feed feral cats I come across. I poured the food out on a slab of concrete and he came running.

I noticed that Rocket was a Pit bull, so I was a bit wary of him at first, given all the stories you read about how vicious these dogs can be. I noticed that he was very thin and that his collar had grown into his neck and was infected. I decided that I simply could not leave this dog there, because he was obviously escaping from some seriously neglectful or abusive situation and because he needed medical care. So, once I saw his tail wagging, I gently guided him into the back seat of my car. He immediately fell fast asleep, as if he had not slept in days.

They Cleaned His Wound

I took the dog to my vet’s office where they cleaned up the wound on his neck, trimmed his nails and washed him. They only charged me $20, which they said was a rescue fee. After that I brought him home. My husband was terrified initially, as Rocket is a very large dog and we had no experience with this breed, but we both soon learned how gentle and loving he was. Rocket got along with our other two dogs, was afraid of our cats and was great with our children. He was house trained and walked well on a leash. He seemed just grateful to have found a safe haven.

More Clues About His Origin

While we had Rocket and were caring for him, a friend of mine went onto Craig’s list to place an ad for him, against my better judgment. We discovered that a woman had posted a story about a tan and white Pitbull running for his life in the area where I found Rocket. That confirmed for me what I had suspected all along, that he was escaping from a terrible situation.

I eventually found a home for Rocket with a friend of a friend and he is doing great. My husband misses him terribly, as do I, but we are glad he is living the life he should be. This experience has also taught my family that just because a breed of animal has a bad reputation, not all animals in that breed are the same and that you must treat all animals (and people) with kindness and give them the benefit of the doubt.

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Kathleen E
Kathleen E5 months ago

Hope Rocket has had a wonderful life since this story was first told. And his people too.

Leanne K
Leanne K6 months ago

So many poor animals. Im glad this lady has a good heart.

Diane H.
Diane Habout a year ago

Uplifting story. Thanks

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn1 years ago

she dis the right thing

Nina S.
Nina S1 years ago


Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Let's work for more lucky ones

Joanna M.
Joanna M3 years ago

I too adopted a dog under unusual decision I ever made! Now I advocate for others to do the same.

Please sign my petition, pledging to adopt at least one rescued dog or cat in your lifetime. So many animals need YOU to give them a second chance at life!

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg K3 years ago

Thank you

Connie Palladini
Connie Palladini3 years ago

Wonderful story; thank you for sharing!!

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold3 years ago

Thank you for rescuing and loving Purdy. I am sure that he is receiving just as much love in his "furever" home.

Breeds are just names for fancy dogs. There is no need to be afraid of breeds. You need only to worry about the animal itself. If brought up lovingly, there is little chance of it being nasty (there is always a chance, just like humans). If it is abused or brought up to be mean, then care is extremely important. Abuse (as you found out) doesn't always destroy the dog's faith in humans, maybe just more cautious. Bringing it up to be mean is another story and extreme care is necessary. Even then, not all of them are dangerous. Give the "breeds" a chance. They are not all bad.