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Boy and Dog Each Get Second Chance at Life - Together

April 30th 2013 5:44 am
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By Caroline Golon @

In a heartwarming twist of fate, a boy recovering from a heart transplant and a dog with an uncertain future are beginning new lives – together.

Angela McGhee, president of S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition in Houston, Texas, knew Scotch, a gentle pit bull-lab mix she had in her care, would be a perfect family dog. She also knew that finding homes for pit bulls in Texas was not an easy thing to do. However, as she always does, she worked hard to find Scotch his forever home through a variety of channels, including Facebook.

She was surprised to receive a query from a woman in Bono, Arkansas. Melanie Leon was looking for a wonderful dog for her 11-year-old son, Gabe, who had undergone a heart transplant a year ago.

McGhee was apprehensive about adopting a dog to a family out of state but, coincidentally, a local veterinarian, Dr. Susan Pickle also contacted her about finding a dog for Gabe. Dr. Pickle knew the family and would vouch for them.

Dr. Pickle had met the Leons in Oklahoma City where Gabe had his transplant surgery. Dr. Pickle’s one-year-old grandnephew Liam, was also there for a transplant and she remembered the kind and loving Leon family well.

McGhee says it was amazing how everything just fell into place. “There were powers at work that were way ahead of us,” she says.

McGhee arranged for Scotch to fly to Arkansas via K9 Airlift, which volunteered their services so Scotch wouldn’t have to endure the long drive and…so he would make it there in time for Gabe’s 12th birthday.

McGhee receives frequent updates on how Scotch is adjusting to life with his new family and is happy to report, “Scotch is doing great up there!”

As for Gabe, he understands how special their circumstances are. “I got a second chance because of my new heart,” he told Life+Dog. “I think it’s cool that we can give Scotch a second chance, too.”


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Barked by: Jamaica - A Rainbow Girl (Dogster Member)

April 30th 2013 at 5:49 am

Sometimes us Rainbow pups just give a nudge here, a tug there, and good things happen:) Glad Scotch and Gabe are now together:)
Barked by: Angel Petey- In Loving Memory (Dogster Member)

April 30th 2013 at 6:53 am

omd, that is a wonderful story and so glad that they found each other
Barked by: Cathey U

April 30th 2013 at 7:48 am

Very cool.

Thanks for bringing these "good news" stories Jamaica.
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

April 30th 2013 at 9:29 am

That is so wonderfur...a match meant to be!
Thanks for sharing this one, I hadn't read it befur this.
Barked by: Wesley (Dogster Member)

April 30th 2013 at 12:55 pm

What a wonderful present for both boy and dog!
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

April 30th 2013 at 5:28 pm

If it was the Integris Heart Hosp he was at.. they are simply incredible.

There were hidden wings and spirits at work on this one.

Just SO good when the good guys get not one.. but TWO back..

Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

April 30th 2013 at 10:23 pm

Dar are a pawsome story.

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