Dakota from Athens to San Antonio
A family in Athens, TX purchased two German Shepherd pups from a breeder. After a few months, they decided to get rid of the dogs. They were able to find someone to take one of the pups, but Dakota remained. He had some abscesses, so he was unwanted. The owner threatened to just shoot him.
Fortunately, a conscientious neighbor stepped in and vowed to not let that happen. Jessica fostered Dakota and took him to the vet. Dr. Liz Terry at Athens Animal Clinic donated half the cost of the bill to help get Dakota feeling better. He was still underweight, and Jessica did her best to put some meat on him.
Jessica already had a heard of her own, and adding another to the mix was not an option. She started with a phone call to a rescue in California. They suggested she look closer to home at Give a Dog a Home in San Antonio, TX. Closer was still a long way, over 300 miles by car. The two turned to Pilots n Paws.
Tanya Card met Jessica at the Athens airport bright and early on a Saturday morning. The folks at Dyson Aviation welcomed the group with a quick-fill up and a few rescue dogs of their own.
Dakota wasn’t too thrilled about the process of being placed in the baggage compartment, but he never made a peep. One half of the crate had ice packs under the towel in case he was a bit warm. Go ahead and guess which side of the crate he curled up on. Not more than 60 seconds after takeoff, Dakota was snoozing in the crate, never to wake up until landing.
In Austin, Tanya, Anne, and Dakota stretched their legs and got a little water while waiting just a few minutes for LJ Miller to arrive in his Mooney. Once the pup was loaded up again, it was just under an hour down to his final destination south of San Antonio. Good luck Dakota!
Please think twice before purchasing dogs from a breeder. There are thousands of purebred dogs as well as mixed breeds that need homes just waiting in shelters and rescues across the nation. Check your local shelter, or if you find the perfect dog a few hundred miles away, there are transportation options available.