Are you looking to put a smile on your face? Would you like to know that the world is not all bad, that there are many, many wonderful loving people who care about the world and the all the animals of our planet? Or do you just want to put some sunshine in your life today?
Recently our story about the woman truck driver who drove over 5,000 miles to rescue one dog just because of the love in her heart was published in the "To The Rescue" section Animal Sheltering Magazine. It was written by Matt Fortenberry of Beaumont Texas who runs the city shelter.
Even though the rescue has been almost a year, Matt felt the story deserved another round, and it was published, again, in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue. The article is on pages 16 & 17.
Originally adopted by a truck driving couple from our Truckin' Dogs Adoption Program, Jackson got separated from them in Beaumont, Texas. He was picked up by the Beaumont Animal Control who checked him for a microchip and thanks to the folks at Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care making sure he was micro chipped before they allowed him to be adopted Jackson was able to get back home.
This situation with Jackson has made me believe that micro chipping is critical to every dog, and cat, and goat for that matter, as it can save your pet. All our dogs from Ramona Animal Shelter come with a Home Again chip, and we also offer them to all dogs at out shows. Jackson having his chip led him home.
He was found by the employees of the Beaumont Marriott Hotel lying by the pool. They fed him sausages from the breakfast buffet and he was living the good life thanks to all of these caring people on an early Sunday morning. When the shelter was called his chip was found and now the challenge was to get him back to California as the original folks who adopted him could not get back to Texas. Many drivers offered immediately but it was Cathy Barber with YLC, that was able to rescue Jackson.
Jackson all spiffy from a "Day at the Spa Gift" from Petco, and all decked out with a new collar, leash, bowls, treats, etc. he was ready to hit the road and become a real 'Truckin' Dog," And that he did, as he and Cathy traveled over 5,000 miles more before arriving back to California. Where then he was greeted by a cake from our Stater Brothers and again more gifts from the local Petco. He got a lot of publicity as well. The world really cared about one dog being safe. My fiancé and I adopted him, and love him to death, but we also know the world loves him. At the shows he goes crazy with kisses when he sees Cathy or anyone who has touched his life, he has not forgotten.
But this love coming from so many all across the country let us know that we needed to keep our program going, and grow, as Jackson is one of millions of animals in need of just having a home, and so we go forward for these voiceless animals, and for all of you who care: www.musicaltruckindogs.com.
Jackson, who is sitting by me in his own recliner chair as I write this story, is now the king he deserves to be with his little princess dog right beside him. Brownie, our other rescue dog came from the Ramona Animal Shelter. This shelter shows up week after week and the volunteers work so very hard and homes are found for many dogs. But Jackson is our mascot for our entire program, www.musicaltruckindogs.com and our new forthcoming program, Musical Dogs Adoption Program, where we intend to help save the lives of more dogs throughout our Inland Empire in the shelters by helping to find homes for these scared and fragile animals, including now we hope to reach into being able to give dogs to our seniors and disabled folks in our communities,
The UCLA Inland Empire Bruins Alumni club has elected our group to be their focus of care within our community that covers San Bernardino and Riverside County, We are going to have monthly Poker Nights starting March 18, 2011, a Golf Tournament at the Red Hill Country Club happening August 1, 2011, and much more, all that will benefit the animals in need, and our Scholarship Program as well. I will keep you posted on these events, as the public is welcome to attend, and we are always happy to find sponsors for our gatherings as well: www.uclalumni.net/inland
Matt Fortenberry of Beaumont Animal Services is an angel. He has promised to personally shuttle any trucker who comes into the Petro Truck Stop in Beaumont that is considering getting a pet. We call that road service!
We can all sleep at night knowing there are people like you in charge of an animal shelter, like folks all over the country who work hard at the shelters. You are all such beautiful people and really love your animals that are brought to you. We can give back to the loving people who everyday take care of these precious animals coming into their shelters and know their part is appreciated and honored. Please join us on Facebook too! (Musical Truckin Dogs or Susanne Spirit)
Thank you, Susanne Spirit