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Every Rescued Dog Has a Tale: Stories from the Dog Rescue Railroad
by Debbie Eades   

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Copyright:  February 1, 2007 ISBN-13:  9781430317388

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Every Rescued Dog Has A Tale

Here is the perfect book for any dog lover! This is not just another book about dogs, but an inspiring book that follows several dogs from death row in a county dog pound to a new life with a loving family. This is all the work of the Dog Rescue Railroad - volunteer drivers who spend their weekends driving a shelter dog about 100 miles toward a better life in another state. These stories will make you cry at what these helpless animals have endured and then inspire you to want to help them in this small way to work toward the day when there will be no more homeless pets. In addition to these heartwarming and sometimes very funny stories, there are dozens of adorable photos of many rescued dogs. Most of the proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to animal rescue, so your purchase will help save even more lives. Help a homeless dog today and purchase your copy and one for a friend. Together we can make a difference, one dog at a time.

Karissa was a beautiful 10 month old black lab mix found in an overnight deposit bin in Point Pleasant, West Virginia’s dog pound. A dog trainer in San Diego, California somehow saw her story on the internet and just decided she had to have her. So she arranged to adopt her and have her flown to California where she would be trained to be a therapy dog.
Transporting homeless dogs from state to state is a logistical nightmare at times and when you add a commercial flight to the plan, it requires a lot of team work. A volunteer from the West Virginia shelter volunteered to drive Karissa to Jackson, Ohio, about a 40 minute trip. It is about two hours from my home in Cincinnati and my husband wanted to drive. We arranged a meeting place at a Pizza Hut in Jackson.. I was to bring Karissa back to Cincinnati where another volunteer would keep her overnight and then drive her to the airport the next morning to catch her flight to San Diego.
When I first saw Karissa I could not believe how scared she was. After we transferred her to my car, I sat in the backseat with her and wrapped her in blankets since she was shaking. We rode the whole two hours cuddled up together. By the time we got to Cincinnati to meet our overnight volunteer, she was getting a little more comfortable with us but was still one of the most frightened dogs I have ever transported.
Karissa made it safely to California the next day, and her new mom named her Annie. She says she just looks like an “Annie”. She was checked out by the holistic vet and given a good bath at the dog wash in Ocean Beach. Like many Californians, she now eats a natural diet, and is very healthy and beautiful.
When I last heard from her new mom she told me that Annie now works with disabled dogs in San Diego. Her mom, Lauren, runs a special needs rescue for blind, deaf, and handicapped dogs. Some are missing limbs, others are blind or deaf. Annie welcomes them all and makes them feel comfortable and secure. Lauren says that Annie has taught fearful dogs how to play and enjoy life…she is her “ambassador of good puppy will”.
That is worlds away from a dumpster in West Virginia.

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