The Lone Survivor
A Good Samaritan contacted Gayla Evans, Rottweiler Rescuer, regarding a three-legged, thin Rottweiler-mix she had
found along the roadside guarding her puppies. Being a rescuer, Gayla had received
many calls like this and readily agreed to help. She inquired about the condition
of the puppies and sadly learned that the mother dog was the only lucky one.
Every single puppy had been run over and killed by oncoming traffic on the
She was told that the dog (later named "Stubby")
had been found lying beside her puppies, doing what comes natural
-- being a protective mother. It tore Gayla's heart into knowing
how awful it must have been for Stubby to have watched this terrible
thing happening to her babies - one by one. How she must have felt,
sensing the danger and trying to hide her own fear as she tried
in vain to keep her puppies safe.
Stubby and her puppies, like so many other dogs
in this world, had been dumped and left behind because they were
no longer wanted -- dumped like a piece of trash in the ditch.
Left behind to fight the odds. Left behind to likely die a lonely
When Gayla arrived to pick up the lone abandoned
dog, she only had to hold the vehicle door open for a moment. Without
hesitation, Stubby immediately climbed onto Gayla's lap and started
giving her puppy-dog kisses -- her nub tail never missing a wiggling
beat. Right then Gayla whispered to her, "Alright,you're coming
home with me; you'll never be dumped again." Stubby was assessed
to be about a year old. Only one year old and already having puppies
while she was just a baby herself. She was still full of milk for
the babies she would never again nurse, and her front leg missing
from a previous trauma. What a way to start out her life. How tragic
this poor dog had never even enjoyed her own puppyhood.
She was named Stubby because she uses her nub
leg to hug and wave at you, which is quite humorous. After plenty
of TLC, Stubby was restored to her former glory. Her missing leg
doesn't slow her down. Her nub tail never stops wagging and Gayla
jokes that she should have instead named her "Eveready" because
her tail "keeps on going and going."
It ceases to amaze us how people just disregard
their pets by dumping them along the road, in a field, or wherever
is convenient. The most common rationale we hear is that the pet
owner is giving their animal a "second chance." A second
chance? At what? Getting hit by a car and lying in a ditch with
flies as their only company? Suffering for days before starving
to death? Getting attacked by other animals? Falling into the wrong
We have domesticated them and they cannot survive
on their own. Stubby's litter would have had a true "second
chance" if the thoughtless owner would have just been taken
them to a humane society, shelter or animal rescue group. There's
never an excuse for dumping a pet. It's a very cowardly act, which
no animal deserves.
But fortunately for Stubby, she beat the stacked
odds and is ready to start her new life. She has an awesome personality
and loves everyone. She plays ball and thoroughly enjoys belly
rubs. Stubby is cage-trained, housebroken, good with male dogs,
and ready for a great home with a fenced yard. Stubby would be
a loyal and loving companion.
If you'd like to give this
dog the happy ending she deserves, please contact ORR. We HOPE
you will open your heart and home to her.
A Happy Ending for Stubby, she was adopted by a loving family
And by the way, dumping an animal is against
the law. Should any of you ever witness an animal being
dumped, get involved! Record the license plate and try
to get a description of the car and the driver. Do it in
honor of Stubby's puppies.