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Monday, 2 June 2014

'OMD' Mondays - A dog named highway

Hiya everyone!
Our weekend comes to an end as we welcome Monday back into our lives once again. *sigh*
Hey, we might not have to like Mondays, but the least we can do is welcome it, right?


Today's 'Oh My Dog' story is truly amazing.
I would like you to meet a dog named Highway . . .


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I would imagine that the first thing you are thinking right about now, is "oh no, what happened to that poor pup, he is all bandaged up?!" The second thing is, "why the heck would someone name their dog Highway?"

Sit tight, and share in his story with us!

A man named Ed Kostro is a seasoned animal rescue volunteer. His job? To search, locate, and help any animal in need, which a  regular rescue (for whatever reason) can not.

Ed received a phone call from an interstate truck driver. The driver had explained that there was a dog, who was in really bad shape, laying on the side of the interstate for DAYS! The truck driver went on to say that he, along with several other travelers, stop right on the road for a few minutes to feed and give water to this dog quite often.

Despite the drivers attempts at locating a rescue organization, none would come to help the dog.
This baffles me, because, I mean really, isn't this their job? But I am not one to judge without knowing the facts, and right now, all I know is the man was unable to get help, for whatever the reason may be.

Ed set off to see this dog for himself.

He finally found him after he whistled and the dogs head popped up out of the bushes he was laying in.
Ed went to his car, grabbed some food and water, and sat beside the dog. Eventually, the dog hobbled the best he could towards the food, and began to eat and drink greedily.

Ed then noticed that the dogs hind legs were very discolored and he could not put any weight on them.
Instead of taking the dog to an overcrowded shelter facility, he was taken directly to an emergency animal hospital. There, they determined that there was a severe break in the dogs leg.
He would need surgery. He was also infested with fleas and ticks from head to toe.

After further investigation, and realizing there was neither a microchip or tags or any way to find the previous owners, they concluded the dog must have been dumped on the highway, and hit by a car.

It is amazing all in itself, that this dog survived not only being hit by a car, but laying on the side of the interstate in heat upwards of 100 degrees.

Ed was unable to get the dog a bed in any of the local rescues, as they were already overflowing.
He then took him home with him, and constructed a kennel for him to begin his healing.

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Given the dogs experience on the interstate highway, Ed decided to name him just that. Highway.

We wish you all the best Highway, and we are sending some major husky 'power of the paw' your way!

I would also like to take a moment to say a big thanks to Ed for his unbelievable volunteer work!

I hope you enjoyed Highway's rescue story and  I can't end this post without first saying, I am very thankful for the truck driver and the people who stopped to make phone calls and feed him for the duration of time he was out there, however I can't help but think . . .  if it were me, I wouldn't have drove away from him in the first place.

How about you? What would you have done?


Stay tuned tomorrow to hear about the big dog fundraising event we went to over the weekend!
AND to see who won our pawsome jewelry giveaway!

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36 comments:

  1. We so send Highway healing vibes and POTP and we hope he finds a forever home soon. We would have stopped and helped straight away as well. Good on Ed. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thanks Molly.
      I hope he finds a furever home soon too. I am very thankful for Ed.
      Thanks for coming by!

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  2. Poor dog. It's a miracle he got through this all.

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  3. My mom and dad would definately have brought the dog to an animal hospital too. Ed is a fantastic man. Sniff from Laika and Vaks.

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    1. I thought you would! I knew I wasn't the only one!
      Thanks for coming Laika and Vaks!

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  4. Oh my goodness....that poor dog!! We would have done the very same thing as you!! POTP for Highway!! And thank the lord for that truck driver!!

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    1. I know. If it wasn't for the truck driver, Highway would have died laying right there on the side of the road. How horrible is that, that thousands of cars drove by per day, and not one took him to the hospital.

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  5. Fank catness fur everpawdy dat helped Freeway. But like yous mommy wuldn't hav been able tu drive away da first time.

    Luv and Hugs and Kitty kisses

    Dezi

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    1. Yes thank dog for sure! I don't know to many people who would have left him there, but apparently a whole bunch of travelers were fine with that!

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  6. Truly amazing story and Ed needs a medal. What a wonderful man. Highway is such a cutie and we hope he recovers real soon xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. Your right about that! I actually was trying to locate some contact info for Ed, but couldn't find anything. :(

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  7. Thanks Ed and god bless highway!

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    1. Yep, god bless that beautiful pup!!!! Good on Ed for sure!

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  8. Oh, what a story! Poor Highway...But, what a wonderful guy Ed is...and Highway, you are just amazing. Big hugs to all involved!

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    1. I know! He is a truly amazing man!!!!
      I was happy to share this story, as it does have a happy ending, where so many do not.
      Thanks so much for coming by!

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  9. Thank God for Ed.

    Thank God for the truck driver and others who fed Highway and didn't give up until they found Ed.

    As for all those who saw or heard about Highway but just turned the other way? I have no words for them 'cause... well... any words I might have would not be very nice. Know what I mean?

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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    1. Yep, I know exactly what you mean!!! Thanks Niss :)

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  10. It's great there are those who will help. We wish Highway a long and happy life in a forever home when he heals.

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  11. Hurray for Ed...we need more people like him. I'm glad Highway is on the mend.

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    1. Yeppers!! Me too! I hope he has a speedy recovery!

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  12. What a story! I am so glad Highway had someone come to his rescue.

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    1. Me too!
      Thank dog for people like Ed!

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  13. Thank God for people like Ed. What a volunteer - above and beyond. Mom and I are saying prayers and sending happy healing thoughts to Highway.

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    1. Above and beyond! Exactly!!!
      Thanks for your prayers and healing thoughts!

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  14. Thank goodness for people like Ed. I know I could not leave a dog like that on the side of the road. I am thankful that the truckdriver and others stopped to help and that he preserved and found Ed. What an amazing story.

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    1. Oh I know! thank dog for Ed!
      Thanks for coming by!

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  15. What a great story! I would not have been able to leave the dog there either, unless he wouldn't go to people at first? I'm just so glad for Ed and that Highway finally got the help he needed (I also don't understand why rescues wouldn't help him, but maybe there's more to that side of the story). It's always wonderful to hear that there are some really good people out there!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Yes, and thats exactly why I said, I can't really judge that part of the story, because I am not sure why the rescues couldn't help, i'm the same as you, and just super happy that the trucker found Ed, and Highway was rescued!
      Thanks Jan!

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  16. Thanks for sharing Highway's miracle rescue. I couldn't have left him on the side of the road. It would have given me nightmares and guilt overload. I understand the truckers were on the clock and didn't have time to rescue the dog. It was very nice of them to call, feed, and at least help him survive! Kudos to Ed!

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    1. My thoughts exactly! If it wasn't for the truck driver, Highway's chances would have been much more slim then they already were!

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  17. I'm glad Highway received the help he needed. I hope a good home is found for him.

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    1. Me too!
      Thanks for reading his story with us !

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  18. Great story! One of our rescue dogs was thrown from a car right in front of us during a hurricane evacuation. We stopped and got him. That was in 2004, a terrible year for hurricanes in Florida, so all the rescues were already full with displaced dogs. Champ lived with us until he passed in 2012. It always blows my mind that people can just dump dogs on the side of the road like garbage ... what is wrong with them?

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    1. Wow!!! Good for you!! I applaud you for that! Thank you for sharing your story, and your absolutely right, I would have done the same thing! People can be so heartless!

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