Junior’s Journey

April 18, 2012  

Fresh off a large rescue case, a young pit bull takes a long road trip to begin his new life

Kirstyn Northrop Cobb

Junior’s life started out in Indiana. He was one of 20 dogs in need of rescue. Eventually that rescue came from the Humane Society of the United States and their Dogfighting Rescue Coalition. How wonderful it must have been for those dogs to finally feel a loving touch, to look up into the eyes of their saviors and see compassion. And this is where Junior’s journey begins.

Junior was taken with the rest of the dogs to a safe holding facility. At the facility, everyone could be evaluated. First they all received medical evaluations, and then came the behavioral evaluations. Then came the reach out for help.

In early December, I received an e-mail notifying me of the situation and asking if I could help out. Not being one to say no to a dog in need, I said “Absolutely!” I work with a rescue in Maryland and I had extra room, so why not? Information was sent over on the dogs, and I picked one out that I felt would work well with the resources that I have to offer.

After picking our dog, some work still had to be done in Indiana. Paperwork had to be filled out and transports had to be arranged. This is no easy task when you’re talking about arranging 20 dogs to go all across the country. But finally, Junior was ready to go. So in late January, in the wee hours of the morning, Junior was loaded into the back seat of a white pickup truck along with one of his littermates who was going to Pittsburg, and he started the long drive. Junior left the snows of Indiana behind and passed through Ohio, through West Virginia and finally into Western Maryland, where I was set to meet the dog that so many people helped to save.

Finally, there he was! What was I in for? I knew the basics, but little about his personality. Would he be frightened? Would he be reserved? Would he be out of control? And then, there he was! A little red bouncy dog who ran right up to me and gave me kisses all over my face. He took a quick walk outside, said goodbye to his transporter and hopped into the car, ready to go.

What a happy little guy he was in the car. Never looking back, always looking forward. That’s one of the great things about dogs. It’s not about where they’ve been, it’s about where they’re going. Sure, things started out bad for Junior, but he’s over it; he knows that good things are next, and that’s what matters to him. After a couple of hours looking out the window, Junior curled up and went to sleep, probably dreaming of the forever home that waits for him at the end of his journey.

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4 Responses to “Junior’s Journey”
  1. Junior is so handsome, the lengths we go through & to for these beautiful animals!  Good blessings Junior!

  2. effcla says:

    Such happiness in that little face! 🙂

  3. hawkshug says:

    How sweet…it is always great knowing that these dogs have a great life to look forward to!

  4. Kirstyn says:

    At this time, Junior is awaiting adoption through the Humane Society of Calvert County