When I was 8 my mom came home with a neglected basset hound named Rudy. He'd been tied to a pole and left alone with no food or water in the middle of the winter. The first night my mom saw Rudy, she noticed that something was wrong. The next day, she told a friend about it and they decided to drive by when it got dark to see what was really going on.
They got there around midnight to see if the dog was still there. He was. Cold. Shaking. Neglected. Hungry and alone.
So they did what any sane, empathetic people would do.
They stole him.
After cutting the chain, they wrapped his tiny body in a blanket and carried him to the car.
It was 12:45 a.m. when they came crashing in the front door. After they bathed him, gave him plenty of food and water and a lot of reassuring belly rubs, they gave him something he'd never had before: a home.
Rudy was a staple in our family for 8 years after that night.
His name wasn't always Rudy. My uncle was a Notre Dame fan, and like the main character in the movie, he thought this dog deserved a second chance.
Rudy transitioned to family life quickly. He loved chasing around his three sisters albeit tripping over his too long ears and sometimes on game days, his jersey.
Rudy provided the perfect amount of spunk for a very energetic family. And for the rest of his life, received infinite belly rubs, snuggles, games of tug-of-war and Notre Dame football.
Fences For Fido is deeply rooted in making a substantial change between a dog and their family. They create safer and improved conditions for chained dogs by providing shelter, veterinary care, and spay and neutering services when necessary. They work to educate families on how to best care for their four-legged family members during the heat of the summer and the cold, wet winter months.
I don't like to think about what could've happened to Rudy if my mom hadn't driven by that day.
Fences for Fido ensures that stories like this don't end badly.
They are champions of the underdog (literally) and heroes in the community.
I think it's time to take action and lend a hand.
Please donate what you can. $1, $5, $20 or more to this fundraiser and help a chained dog find a loving home.