A puppy caught in the drainage water of an arroyo is noticed and rescued by two young boys. The teamwork, effort, and creativity is extraordinary with these two young lads.
Definition Motley.: Variety; diverse. Motley dogs!
Samantha Hodge is a dog rescuer at heart. Helping those in need comes naturally.
Yesterday, when she entered a gas station in Hampton, she witnessed a distressing sight – a scared dog running through the parking lot, being chased by her worried owners, heading for a freeway.
Hodge, being a hands-on type of rescuer, did not hesitate to get involved in the rescue effort.
She quickly kicked off her flip-flops, hiked up her dress and ran at top speed in an effort to capture the terrified canine before she hit the ultimate danger zone of the busy roadway.
But the dog was fueled by adrenaline – not listening to her owners – hell bent on escape.
Imagine Hodge’s despair as she watched the unthinkable unfold – the frightened dog running directly onto the freeway – a thoroughfare of vehicles traveling in excess of 70 mph.
Knowing what would come next was too much to bear – she laid down on the ground and began to cry for the life which was soon to be lost.
But then, in one amazing instant, she witnessed an amazing sight – every car on the freeway came to a stop and masses of people exited their vehicle to help corral the runaway dog.
The dog, a Labrador mix named Jazmine, turned and ran right back into Hodge’s arms.
Though frightened, and exhausted, Jazmine was able to be safely returned to her anxious owners. Amazingly, the dog had just been adopted by the couple 15 minutes before the terrifying incident.
Hodge had a special thank you to share with her thousands of Facebook friends,
Just in case there is anyone in the Hampton/Norfolk , VA area reading this that helped bring this dog to safety . THANK YOU , THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER !!!
And a special thank you to Samantha for being there for this frightened dog – a true rescuer at heart.
Note: The dog featured in the photo which accompanies this story is not Jazmine – this is Badger, a dog available for adoption through the Second Hope Rescue. Please read Badger’s Petfinder profile here.
Previously I had posted an abbreviated version of this poem below, only because that is all I had. Now, via an online fellow animal and dog-lover, I have found the full poem, the website, and the author.
Thank you, Notsuredomus and his blog “The Familiar Spirit” (please check it out – some great postings) for helping direct me to the original!
Here is the poem in full from the site “Wild Heart Ranch“. Photo below of the author and a coyote rescue.
I Am an Animal Rescuer
My job is to assist God’s creatures
I was born with the need to fulfill their needs
I take in new family members without plan, thought, or selection
I have bought dog food with my last dime
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times
and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body
I have Animal Friends and friends who have animal friends
I don’t often use the word “pet”
I notice those lost at the road side
And my heart aches
I will hand raise a field mouse
And make friends with a vulture
I know of no creature unworthy of my time
I want to live forever if there aren’t animals in Heaven
But I believe there are
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind
We may be master of the animals,
But the animals have mastered themselves
Something people still haven’t learned
War and Abuse makes me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind
We are a quiet but determined army
And making a difference ever day
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan
nothing more rewarding than saving a life
No higher recognition than watching them thrive
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago, was too weak to eat
I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done,
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full
Written from a wild heart by:
Annette King-Tucker, Animal Rescuer
Wild Heart Ranch Wildlife Rescue
“I am an animal rescuer.
I have bought animal food with my last penny,
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.
I have hugged those that are vicious and afraid.
I have fallen in love a thousand times,
and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count.
I am an animal rescuer.
My work is never done, my home is never quiet,
my wallet is always empty…
…but my heart is always full.”
Thank you for all you do!
All dogs and animals you have rescued, and those you will rescue