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Linky And Dillon Adoption Update

On December 26th I posted a storyabout Linky and Dillon, two pups who needed a new home after their owner Joseph Derrick died. The pups,...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jan 26th 2009


On December 26th I posted a storyabout Linky and Dillon, two pups who needed a new home after their owner Joseph Derrick died.

The pups, aChihuahua and Dachshund, were lifelong friends andhad been brought to Jacksonville Animal Care and Control shelter afterMr.Derrick was struck and killed by a car.

The shelter wanted to keep the dogs together, and thanks to Jody Kinney they were able to. She watched the story on the news and just knew she had to make them part of her family. Recently, there has been a little change of plans when a long lost doggy relative (sort of) came forward.

After all, if the 14-year-old dog has any family around, it’s Cubbedge.

Now, Linky and his best pal Dillon have a new bed to snuggle in by the mantle of Cubbedge’s North Jacksonville home.

As it turns out, Cubbedge’s mother, Camilla Jean Hart used to date Derrick.

Hart had Linky for about seven years and, when she fell ill, she let Derrick have Linky until she got better. Hart, though, never got better and died in 2002.

Cubbedge was traveling a lot for work at the time and knew how much Derrick liked Linky, so she didn’t want to split them up.

Cubbedge and Derrick lost touch over the years, though she says she thought of Linky often.

When she learned in media reports that Derrick was killed and Linky was up for adoption, she tried to find Kinney so she could see Linky.

Kinney agreed, then asked Cubbedge if she’d like to take Linky home.

Cubbedge knew, though, that Linky and Dillon, a Dachshund, were a package deal. As Linky’s eyesight has deteriorated, he’s come to lean on his pal.

So now Cubbedge has two new old dogs.

Jody Kinney deserves kudos for two selfless deeds, adopting the dogs and then being compassionate enough to give them up.

We hope the pups enjoy their new, and hopefully final, home.

Thanks to Nancy for barking this story to me.

* Pic of Linky and Dillon courtesy Jacksonville.com.