When the Stray Rescue of St. Louis received a call concerning a canine slumbering on a neighborhood road during a period of intense heat, they politely requested the caller to provide them with photos of the puppy in order to determine the most appropriate means of assistance.
“The image that the individual transmitted to us depicted the canine reclining,” Donna Lochmann, Chief Life Saving Officer at Stray Rescue of St. Louis, stated. “It was challenging to discern, however it appeared as if one could make out his hip bones. Thus, I knew it was imperative to investigate.”
Lochmann promptly arrived at the location but was unable to locate the puppy. However, at the last moment, she decided to venture down an alley and that’s when she spotted him.
“I observed him there, lying in the road,” Lochmann said. “He was resting in the water flowing from a gutter, likely to remain cool due to the extreme heat.”
Upon getting closer, Lochmann promptly comprehended the gravity of the dog’s distress and how crucial it was for him to receive assistance.
“As I drove to the end of the alley, he must have heard me,” Lochmann said. “I saw him lift his head, briefly survey his surroundings, and then drop it back onto the pavement as if he had completely lost all hope.”
The sight of the dog lying alone on the street with no vitality or anticipation for the future shattered Lochmann’s heart.
“It just tore me apart,” Lochmann said. “I said to myself, ‘There’s no chance I’m abandoning this dog here.'”
You can observe the moment Lochmann first encountered the puppy by clicking the link provided.
Fortunately for Lochmann, the dejected dog had no objections to being rescued and he even walked towards her vehicle without the need for a leash.
“I began speaking to him and said, ‘Come on, mate… we’re going to assist you.'”
As soon as the puppy reached the vehicle, he immediately made himself comfortable.
“I keep blankets in the back of the jeep, so he laid down right away,” Lochmann said. “He seemed so grateful for air conditioning and a place to be comfortable.” The sweet dog, whom they later named Curby, thoroughly enjoyed what the shelter called his “freedom ride” to safety. “He went to a foster home pretty quickly,” Lochmann said. “A couple saw his video and the wife said to the husband, ‘That dog should not stay in a shelter.’ So they came and picked him up.”
It’s wonderful to hear that Curby is thriving in his new foster home! He has two devoted parents and a canine sibling to snuggle with, which has helped him put on weight and showcase his charming personality. His foster parents have fallen in love with him, and it’s apparent that he is a truly sweet boy. A stable and loving environment is critical for the well-being of all pets, and it seems that Curby has found just that. I’m sure he will continue to bring happiness to his new family as he continues to grow and develop.