Dogs are either born homeless or they get abandoned by their owners, and when this happens, they become vulnerable to the dangers of the world. Now most people are way too busy thinking about their own problems to stop and take care of a four-legged pooch. But fortunately, not everyone turns the other cheek to the growing problem of stray animals. And that was actually quite fortunate for a stray who would become known to the world as Columbo. This pooch was in a ditch in the middle of nowhere, and if fate hadn’t intervened and put a bunch of cyclists on his path, there’s no telling what might have happened to him. But even after he was rescued, Columbo’s road to finding love and a forever home was a painful one.When one of the cyclists realized that the pooch had a broken leg, he decided to put the dog on his back and give him a ride into town to get some help. Had the cyclists not found him, his fate might have been a grim one.
Shaw was in Columbus, Georgia on a business trip. When the dog saw her, he jumped into her arms, almost as if he had picked her to be the one who would look after him during his time of need, and that’s exactly what she intended to do for him.
Not only was his leg broken, but he was bleeding. In fact, he had bled on Shaw when he got close to her. The cyclists explained to Shaw that the dog was homeless and she knew right away what she had to do save the dog.
Shaw took Columbo to an emergency veterinarian clinic. That’s when she discovered that Columbo had multiple fractures on his leg and had a broken toe. It became clear that the pooch would need to undergo surgery right away.
The surgeon rearranged his entire schedule so that he would be able to operate on Columbo. This made Shaw smile because she was simply amazed by how everyone was eager to help her new dog out so that he’d get a second chance at a happy life.
It had become obvious to the vet and Shaw that the dog had gone through a horrible ordeal and needed help to recover both physically and mentally. But Shaw was more than happy to give this pup everything he required.
Shaw lived in Maine and she was heading home that same day, so, she got a couple of volunteers to organize some travel arrangements for the new puppy, and that included a kennel where he would be nice and comfortable.
It took a whole day, but Columbo had managed to arrive in Portland, Maine without a scratch on him, and Shaw was more than relieved to see the pooch. Now it was time to see how Columbo would do in his new digs.
Shaw had a total of two horses and two coonhounds, which was totally cool with Columbo because he got along well with all of them. At least now he’d have some company when he went out to grab some lunch.
With Shaw and her family, Columbo wasn’t going to have to worry about ever being alone again. He was going to get lots of love, lots of petting, and plenty of company. Plus, Shaw had a lovely yard for him to run around and play in once his leg fully healed.
It’s obvious to her and the rest of the family that Bo is still in a lot of pain. It will take some time for his injuries to fully heal. But the pain doesn’t keep him from being kind and happy, and he loves giving everyone he meets kisses.
She’s been doing physical therapy with him. She’s also gone on social media to raise awareness about dogs like Bo and the necessity to spay and neuter animals in order to reduce the number of strays in animal shelters.
Shaw’s 5-year-old son doesn’t want the latest addition to the family to feel lonely, so he’ll sneak into the living room every night to sleep with Bo. She’s also quite grateful to those who helped Bo because it’s made her realize that there are some really good people in the world.