When Stray Rescue of St. Louis got a call about a dog sleeping on a street during a heat wave, they politely requested that the caller give them images of the pup so they could decide how best to assist.
According to Donna Lochmann, chief lifesaving officer of Stray Rescue of St. Louis, “the photo this person supplied us showed the dog lying down.” It was difficult to tell, but it appeared as though you could see his hip bones. As a result, I was certain it was worthwhile.
Lochmann quickly made her way to the scene but couldn’t find the pup. She decided to turn into an alley at the last minute — and that’s when she spotted him.
“I saw him there, laying in the street,” Lochmann said. “He was laying in the water coming up from a gutter, probably to keep cool because it was so hot.”
As Lochmann got closer, she quickly realized how desperately the dog needed help.
“When I pulled up to the end of the alley, he must’ve heard me,” Lochmann said. “I watched him pick his head up, kind of look around and then flop his head back down on the curb as if he’d completely given up.”
The image of the dog laying alone on the street with no energy or hope for the future broke Lochmann’s heart.
“It just killed me,” Lochmann said. “I said to myself, ‘There’s no way I’m leaving this dog here.’”
You can watch the moment Lochmann first spotted the pup here:
Luckily for Lochmann, the downtrodden dog had absolutely no objections to being rescued. He even walked himself to her jeep without a leash.
“I started talking to him and said, ‘Come on, buddy … we’re gonna help you.”
As soon as he got to the car, the pup made himself right at home.
He immediately laid down since Lochmann keeps blankets in the back of the jeep, according to Lochmann. He appeared to be really appreciative of air conditioning and a cozy environment.
The adorable puppy, subsequently given the name Curby, relished his “freedom trip” to safety, as described by the shelter.
He was placed in a foster family quite fast, according to Lochmann. A couple came to take him up after viewing his video and the lady said to the husband, “That puppy shouldn’t stay in a shelter.”
In addition to two really loving parents and a canine brother he adores snuggling with, Curby is thriving in his new foster home. His personality has really begun to develop in his new home, and he has finally started to put on some weight.
His foster parents are head over heels in love with him, according to Lochmann. He ended up being the kindest child I’ve ever met.