When Stray Rescue of St. Louis received a call about a dog sleeping on a residential street during a heat wave, they graciously requested that the caller send them pictures of the dog so that they could determine the best course of action.
According to Donna Lochmann, the chief lifesaving officer at Stray Rescue of St. Louis, “The picture this person sent us showed the dog lying down.”
His hip bones appeared to be kind of visible, though it was hard to tell. As a result, I knew it was something I had to see.
Lochmann quickly arrived at the scene but was unable to locate the dog. She spotted him when she made the last-minute decision to turn into an alley.
Lochmann stated, “I saw him there, laying in the street.” He was probably cooling off from the heat by lying in the water coming down a gutter.
She quickly realized how urgently the dog needed assistance as Lochmann got closer. “He must have heard me when I pulled up to the end of the alley,” Lochmann said.
I observed him raise his head, glance around, and then return it to the curb as though he had given up completely.
Lochmann was brokenhearted by the image of the dog lying alone on the street with no energy or hope for the future. Lochmann stated, “It just killed me.”
“There’s no way I’m leaving this dog here,” I told myself. Here, you can see Lochmann’s first glimpse of the dog: Fortunately for Lochmann, the abandoned dog did not object at all to being rescued.
Even without a leash, he walked to her jeep. “I started talking to him and said, ‘Come on, buddy, we’re going to help you,'” I said. The dog was immediately at ease once he reached the vehicle.
Lochmann stated, “I keep blankets in the back of the jeep, so he laid down immediately.” He seemed so thankful to have comfortable surroundings and air conditioning.
The sweet dog, whom they later dubbed Curby, thoroughly enjoyed his “freedom ride” to safety, as the shelter referred to it. Lochmann stated, “He went to a foster home pretty quickly.”
His video was viewed by a couple, and the wife told the husband, “That dog should not remain in a shelter.” So they showed up and took him away.
Curby is enjoying his new foster home, where he has two very caring parents and a dog sibling with whom he enjoys cuddling.
His personality has really begun to blossom in his new home, and he has finally begun to gain weight. Lochmann stated, “His foster parents are absolutely in love with him.” He turned out to be the most adorable child ever.