South Carolina: Five years ago this dog was in a shelter. Kathryn Larkin selected her for adoption, saving her life. Ms. Larkin named her Maggie. This month, Ms. Larkin was returning from a walk with Maggie when she fainted in her carport. The 83 year old woman hit her head and was out of sight of any neighbors. Maggie ran to the street:
Aiken Public Safety Animal Control Officer Jeff Wilson got a call that a leashed dog was loose in the area. He got a glimpse of Maggie a block away from her home, and when he spotted her, she darted toward the back of the complex and led him to the townhouse.
“When I pulled up in the driveway, I saw the dog in the driveway,” Jeff said. “When I approached the dog and came to this point is when I saw the victim laying by the tire.”
Kathyrn’s not sure how long she was on the ground, but she was already feeling sick and cold. “My legs collapsed on me, and I went down and smashed my face. Next thing I knew a man was coming up the driveway, and he said, ‘The dog just saved your life’.”
What a wonderful chain of events and people, including the good Samaritan who called AC to report a loose dog with a leash attached and the ACO who responded promptly. Some shelter directors might look at Maggie as a plain-brown-wrapper dog, unlikely to be selected for adoption and thus denied a spot on the adoption floor. In many shelters, she could easily end up on the kill list if unadopted after a few days. I’m glad we never had to find out how this world might have been different without Maggie and Ms. Larkin.