When Stray Rescue of St. Louis got a call about a dog sleeping on a residential street during a heat wave, they asked the caller to send pictures of the dog so they could figure out how to help.
Stray Rescue of St. Louis’s chief life-saving officer, Donna Lochmann, told The Dodo that the picture the person sent showed the dog lying down. “It was hard to tell, but it seemed like you could see his hip bones. So I knew it was worth going to look at.”
Lochmann got to the scene quickly, but she couldn’t find the dog. She decided at the last minute to turn into an alley, and that’s when she saw him.
Lochmann said, “I saw him there, lying in the street.” “He was probably trying to cool off by lying in the water coming up from a gutter because it was so hot.”
As Lochmann got closer to the dog, she quickly saw how badly it needed help.
“He must have heard me when I pulled up to the end of the alley,” Lochmann said. “I saw him lift his head, sort of look around, and then put his head back down on the curb as if he had given up completely.”
Lochmann’s heart broke when he saw the dog lying alone on the street, tired and without any hope for the future.
“It just killed me,” Lochmann said. “I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to leave this dog here.'”
You can see the first time Lochmann saw the puppy here:
Lucky for Lochmann, the poor dog didn’t care one bit about being saved. Even without a leash, he walked himself to her jeep.
“I talked to him and told him, “Come on, buddy, we’re going to help you.”
The dog made himself right at home in the car as soon as he got there.
“I keep blankets in the back of the jeep, so he lay down right away,” Lochmann said. “He seemed so happy to have air conditioning and a place to relax.”
The nice dog, who they later named Curby, had a great time on his way to safety, which the shelter called his “freedom ride.”
“He quickly went to a foster home,” Lochmann said. “When a couple saw his video, the woman told her husband, ‘That dog shouldn’t be in a shelter,'” he said. So they went and got him.”
Curby loves his new foster home. He has two very loving parents and a dog brother or sister with whom he loves to cuddle up. He’s finally started to gain weight, and his personality has really started to grow in his new home.
Lochmann said, “His foster parents are totally in love with him.” “He ended up being the nicest boy ever.”