Tiny Chihuahua Was Living In The Middle Of A Freeway
So many cars passed her by, but one man stopped to help.
A freeway is a big, dangerous place for anyone to be stranded. Much less a tiny brokenhearted dog named Fae. The 10-year-old Chihuahua mix was apparently dumped amid the rush of traffic on California's Interstate 605.
No one knows how long the old, sick dog had been left there.
But Fae found the best kind of roadside assistance when a man pulled his car over and swept this 7-pound bundle of heartbreak into his arms.
At first it seemed Fae's life had taken the happiest turn. The man took Fae home to his wife. But she told him they couldn't keep the ailing dog. So, the man was forced to drop her off at Baldwin Park Animal Services.
And that's when Elaine Seamans, a longtime volunteer at the shelter, got the call. She happened to be on her way there anyway.
"I was told by the sergeant there that a man found her on the freeway," she tells The Dodo. "I was like, 'Where on the freeway?' And he said, 'On the freeway, not on an off-ramp or anything like that. On the freeway.'"
The man who had dropped her off there had tears in his eyes.
"To me it was an emergency situation," Seamans says. "Her mouth was a total disaster, oh my god. But she was eating and when I put her down, she walked just fine.
"I had to keep stopping her and picking her up and saying, 'Don't go away.'"
"I gave her soft food and water and a blanket," Seamans adds. "When I smashed up the soft food with a tongue depressor, she growled at me. The attitude. I thought, 'You are going to be OK.'"
In fact, Fae's strange surliness found just the right kind of match in a man who calls himself Gåtor.
For his 50th birthday, Gåtor visited the shelter, where he met Fae. Love, naturally, ensued.
They seemed to be cut from the same rough-and-tumble cloth. So instead of fostering Fae, Gåtor decided this dog's road in life didn't need any more detours.
"He decided to adopt her and keep her," Seamans says.
And Fae, with help from Meade Canine Rescue, was sprung from the shelter. She seemed to appreciate the lift to her forever home.
"She slept all night next to his chest," Seamans says.
The At-Choo Foundation, a group that gives countless shelter dogs a second chance, is hoping to pitch in for Fae's medical bills. But at just a year old, the group could use some help. Think you might like to contribute? Make a donation here.