The Unwashed Masses Strike Back: NC

You might recall the story of the Chihuahua owner whose truck was stolen (with his dog Boo’kie inside) recently when he went into the pharmacy.  Good news:  Both the dog and the truck have been recovered.  The truck was spotted by a friend of the owner’s, parked at an apartment complex, but Boo’kie’s return is a pretty uplifting story.

Boo’kie was saved by a woman who was laid off January 1st.  She’s been scraping to get by all year and her house is up for sale.  After seeing the Chihuahua in the road in the rain, she stopped her vehicle, picked him up, brought him home and cooked him a chicken dinner.  The next morning, she began making calls, feeling certain that the dog had an owner who was missing him.  She also took him to her vet for a check.  The vet recognized the dog from the local news story and placed a call to the owner.  While they waited for the owner to arrive at the clinic, the vet’s office gave Boo’kie a new collar and implanted a microchip in him, free of charge.

The owner had offered a $500 reward for the return of Boo’kie since the dog was his faithful companion through some hard times including the death of his wife in 2009 and his ongoing treatment for cancer.  He tried to give the reward money to the good Samaritan who rescued the dog but she refused it, suggesting instead he make a donation to the clinic since they regularly help pets in need.  The owner did that and then took Boo’kie out for a cheeseburger.

So we have a laid off worker willing to pick up a strange dog in the rain and take him home.  She could probably really use $500 but she declines to accept the money.  Then there’s the widower, suffering from cancer, whose dog meant so much to him he was willing to offer a $500 reward he probably couldn’t afford.  And we have a vet clinic, most likely having a hard time in this economy like other businesses, giving away services, which they apparently make a habit of doing.  Is this the “irresponsible public” we hear so much about from kill shelters looking to deflect blame for their needless pet killing?  Dang, I think I’ve got something in my eye.


23 thoughts on “The Unwashed Masses Strike Back: NC

  1. I just love the way you write… everyday I look forward to what you have to say, whether it’s good or bad. This was great.. Thank you for always sharing

  2. i heartily second what Dot said, and, although it has nothing to do with this article, I just had to post this video link (since we all have that same “something” in our eyes, why waste it?). We can all use some warm fuzzies once in awhile….

    “Hero dog saves another after it was hit in the highway.”

      1. Maybe after watching that we need to think about putting some dogs in charge of a few shelters – we’d probably see a better job than what we are seeing in some shelters! Thanks for sharing that! After all the sad & bad news it is SO GREAT to see something so wonderful!!!

  3. One line comment at the end of a story and you all are ready to start singing Kumbaya and crying? Come on warriors. It’s a long way to the finish line. Get your game face on.

    1. Robert – Give us a tiny bit of credit. Nobody is saying “it’s over, let’s go home”. It’s just nice to read a story about people helping each other out.

      1. Yeah, Really! Can’t we ever enjoy a tiny break from all of the horrors of the “Shelters”? We need some positive feelings to help us rejuvenate ourselves to be able to keep on fighting–every warrior needs a bit of R&R occasionally ;p)

      2. AMEN….I turn to my rescues and smile… I know that atleast these 5 are alive and safe and loved. I spend as much time as I can sharing, tagging and posting animals in need that are on FB. I too need these good stories once in a while.

      3. Actually, I think communicating stories like this one serves a greater purpose too – they’re evidence, documented evidence, that there really are good and compassionate people outside of animal control culture.

        All too often, animal control facilities and high-kill ‘shelters’ excuse their behavior on the basis that ordinary people are too irresponsible, ignorant and abusive to be trusted with animals. And there are plenty of published stories of cruelty and neglect available, every day, to push the point home. Yet, every day, people also do good things for animals – and for each other. Every day. I’m inclined to think, probably in greater numbers too, but so far as I know no-one’s tried to count.

        So each time a story like this pops up in the news? I say spread it far and wide. Every one is a strike against the false accepted narrative.

  4. Nice to hear some good news about some of the MANY really good people out there quietly going about the business of helping animals. Too bad we don’t hear more about them and less about the bozos who . . . well, not going to spoil the moment. You all know about the bozos!
    Thanks for the happy message this morning.

  5. Its sick to think that humans will sink to steal a vehicle and a pet.

    Thank goodness that lady did the right thing and used her head in making enquiries, had the poor Bo’okie ended up in a shelter who knows what could of happened.

    This is when microchipping and collar and ID tags come into effect, microchipping is effective if the the dog loses its collar or it is removed. The chip is no bigger than a grain of uncooked rice and it has a unique number that the owner registers with the pet ID log. Vets or shelters should carry a scanner that when found the owner can be traced within minutes. Owner and pet reunited.

    Happy Endings.

  6. Micro-chips are a great idea. We put a micro-chip the crook’s butts who would steal someone’s dog. (or truck)

  7. It’s wonderful when we read a good story…All of us animal advocates have good stories everyday..when I feed the 4 ferals down on the corner, when I pull off the interstate, with food and water in hand, go to the “secret hidden place”& feed the feral pit(I feed all 5 daily) when I rescue the feral puppies (18 so far)& find the adoptable ones homes this is a good story. What I find incredible is that this is unusual…it should be the norm! As it becomes more the “norm” then we can breath a sigh of relief and there will be fewer and fewer ferals to feed and breed! As long as we are keeping up the good work and beating our head against brick walls…change will come. We just keep doing what we can.

  8. Thank you for sharing this good news news story and hope you will keep your eyes open for more like this to share from time to time. Their are people doing good and never getting their story in the news and we need to hear more about these good deeds.

  9. In the midst of all the sad stories, watching brutality at some shelters, listening to more crap about the ‘irresponsible’ public – it makes me SO happy to hear some goods news once in a while. Although I cried twice once for the blog entry & once for the dog who saved another dog…at least they were tears of JOY!

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