"‘With me going to school full-time and working full-time, I can't commit to the dog. You seem like good people. Blue really likes you. You've taken good care of her," the owner told James and her brother.
A poor puppy was lost nearly 1,300 miles from her home and no one knows how. According to The Dodo, Blue, a pit bull mix pup, originally from Florida, was spotted in Michigan. Luckily she was found by the Humane Society of Midland County in March as a stray, and she had a microchip which made it easy for the staff there to track her owners. They got a phone number through the details in the chip and called to be connected to a woman who said Blue had been missing for a week, but she had no idea how she traveled across the country. Naturally, she was relieved to know the puppy was okay and that she wanted Blue back!
#people #RESCUED Woman drives 1300 miles to Bay area, reunites with dog rescued during Hurricane Maria https://t.co/hNPZv1574R “For me, that was some of the worst conditions I've ever seen people living in,” Burch recalled. And it wasn't just humans living in terrible condition…— LIVEEDGES (@LiveEdges) December 7, 2017
The employees were happy to hear this, so they put out a public plea on social media, asking if anyone would be willing to take Blue back home. The message was shared and reshared till Michigan resident Stephanie James volunteered to be Blue's chauffeur. Logan Smith, an animal care technician with the Humane Society of Midland County, said, "We got a ton of replies of people offering to help. The community totally stepped up. It was amazing." Besides James, hundreds of others volunteered but she met the criteria. James said, "The dog needed to go home. I have a love for Florida, I love driving, and I thought, 'You know, why not?'"
No one knows exactly how Blue, a pit bull mix pup, got from Florida to Michigan.The pooch ended up at the Humane Society of Midland County in central Michigan in March. She was picked up as a stray and staffers were psyched to find she had a microchip.— Tenacious-TEAH. (@TeahCartel) May 9, 2019
She decided to make the most of it, and James told her workplace that was she was going on a vacation. She even managed to get her brother to tag along on the trip. Together, they drove to the shelter to pick up Blue. "The moment I saw her I said, 'Oh my gosh, you’re too adorable.' She is a beautiful dog," she said. And off they went on a very special trip. “I didn't even know Blue before I picked her up at the shelter,” James said. “During the trip, Blue would rest her head on my shoulder.”
Having volunteered at an animal shelter, I commend this woman's calm reaction. If I had driven 1,300 miles to reunite a dog with her owner only then to find out the owner didn't want her, at the very least I would have made a sailor blush. https://t.co/qSxvAtOlUr— ElectionFilter (@WMTFT2016) May 9, 2019
After about 1,300 miles and quite some adventures along the way, the trio arrived at the owner’s house. Blue immediately recognized where she was and was more than excited. "She ran up and went through the house and everything seemed fine. She rolled over on her back." After about an hour, Blue’s owner came home. "Blue kept jumping around and was very excited when she saw her," James said.
What an amazing adventure & story. 💞💞 Really makes u wonder... About so many things... 🤔 https://t.co/UP1082EBv6— Tambry Lee (@crispycritters) May 9, 2019
James and Blue's owner began to discuss how she possibly might have escaped. They said Blue was kept in a backyard kennel when they weren’t home and someone kept taking her. They would have taken her again, only, this time to Michigan. “She's a very wiggly, very smart dog. They think she made her way near the freeway and someone picked her up,” James said. They chatted for a bit longer, but James was clearly not prepared for what the owner said next.
“She said to me, ‘With me going to school full-time and working full-time, I can't commit to the dog. You seem like good people. Blue really likes you. You've taken good care of her.’” James said. James was stunned: “I thought, ‘You guys could have told me this a long time ago.’” They did not hover, and immediately James and her brother loaded Blue back into the car and started driving away. Blue was quite confused when they took her back into the car and left.
“Blue was looking back at the house like, ‘Wait a minute,’” James said. “We said, ‘It’s gonna be OK, Blue, we love you.’ It broke my heart, for her to look back and look out the window. I'm like, ‘I can't be upset, this is the best thing for Blue. I can't be upset.’” As soon as the trio hit the road, James informed the society about the situation. They immediately put up an adoption post for Blue.
Their post was being flooded with requests of adoption as people were ready to take Blue home. Barely two hours after she reached the society, a man had come to meet Blue. “I was looking for another dog. I had to put my pit bull down six months ago,” Robert Allison said. “My cousin called me and asked me if I heard of this dog. I said, ‘No.’” Blue seemed to connect quite instantly with Robert. He adopted her and took her home the same day she reached the shelter.
I'm such a sap! I'm crying here after reading this story!— Jennifer Marie (@Jfonseca1278) May 9, 2019
Woman Drives Dog 1,300 Miles Home To Find Owner No Longer Wants Her https://t.co/G8KSQ1afdB
Blue is now getting along just fine with Allison and his family. Meanwhile, James got a chance to meet her again and she was glad that Blue still remembered her. James also said that she's so happy for Blue, now that she has a really loving home for her to stay in, even though this is not what she had expected when she signed up to take Blue to her owners. “Honestly, I'd do it again for another dog. But hopefully next time it's definitely a better situation,” she said.
No one knows exactly how Blue, a pit bull mix pup, got from Florida to Michigan.— WNDU (@WNDU) May 9, 2019
But after a volunteer drove 1,300 miles to take the dog home, she found out that the owner didn't want Blue anymore. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending! https://t.co/ukXV4p2eUg