A dog who somehow stowed away in a truck in South Carolina and was stuck in the uncooled trailer for 48 hours should have – by all accounts – died as a result of the journey. The temperatures outside were roasting, and were worse in the trailer.
When the truck finally opened its trailer doors in a warehouse in Lawrenceville, GA, the dog stumbled out, nearly dead from dehydration. She hid in a tiny niche of the warehouse as workers tried to help her. Animal control arrived hours later, and said they thought she’d have to be put down because she was so close to death. Warehouse staffers were pretty upset, because they had grown attached to her during the ordeal.
But the dog didn’t die. Vets have nursed the 4-year-old Shepherd mix back to health, and say she is a super sweet dog who is quickly learning housetraining and basic commands. They’ve named her Carolina, per her state of origin. In about a week, she’ll be able to be adopted to a great forever home.
Interested in adopting Carolina? Call the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter at 770-339-3200. (Press 0 for faster service; I phoned this morning, and alas, they are not open Monday. If you are interested in her or any other doggies, please make a note to try again Tuesday.) They’ve got some other great critters there, too, in case a warehouse worker or some other lucky human gets her first. This is their page of dogs who really need homes now.
(This one particular fella really caught my eye. He’s an overweight chocolate lab mix, looks to be an older fellow, with the sweetest face. His description says he was found stray, which is astounding judging by his size. If he were in the San Francisco area, I’d be filling out the adoption papers right now, and he’d have a home right alongside Jake. He’d drop the pounds – Jake has done it, and can share his experiences – and have a life full of love and walks. I can’t do it, but maybe someone in that part of Georgia can? Let the dog blog know if you do, OK? His face haunted me since writing about him last night.)
Back to our stowaway: I wonder what Carolina’s backstory is? What was her life like before she ended up in the truck? (By the looks of her photo and the video below, she had had puppies not too long ago.) Did she ever have a home? How did she end up in the truck? Maybe she hoped it would take her away from “all of this,” or maybe she sniffed out a few crumbs. It’s times like this that you wish dogs could talk – at least for a while.
Sources: 11Alive, Atlanta Journal Constitution