So, Ma Kettle did something remarkable -- she escaped to reunite with the family that had just given her away.
"The senior Lab walked nearly 30 miles to come home," writes the Sedona shelter where she had first been adopted out. But despite all her effort she was rejected again.
"Her ‘family' can not take her back," they write, "because of the little dogs."
Over the last few weeks Ma Kettle has been languishing once more in the shelter's kennel, older now and by most accounts less likely to be ever adopted again. Meanwhile, however, her sad story began to spread, share by share, across social media, and soon offers came pouring in from folks who wanted very much to give her a truly forever home.
Today, she found one, with a family in Florida who the shelter are certain will provide her with the love she deserves -- a happy ending to a story that's been so full of heartbreak. And it's almost as if she knows what's coming.
"She's a happy, happy girl!," writes the shelter. "Love you, Ma!"