Amidst a fanfare of smiling and hopeful canine adopters and media cameras and reporters clicking photos on Sunday of the adorable little Stormy the puppy, the retriever terrier mix found his new home through the careful scrutiny of Dallas Animal Services reports dallas culture map.com.
Donna and Mike Carruthers, who live on a three-acre farm, were the proud winners of the canine bundle of cuteness. The couple, along with many other people interested in adopting Stormy and siblings Sampson and Sadie, filled out applications and were told to be present at the drawing on Sunday afternoon.
The pooch was rescued last Monday by the joint efforts of the Dallas Fire-Rescue and Watershed Management team when the teacher who had been caring for the stray puppies had noticed one of the puppies was trapped in a storm drain.
The news caught national attention because of the time area residents said the pup had been trapped in the drain.
The compassionate teacher, Lynda Roth, who discovered the puppies underneath a portable classroom, had been feeding the parents hoping the mother would be able to care for her dozen puppies. Eventually Lynda added a puppy chow formula to help the puppies and stated:
"This poor mother lab has been roaming the neighborhood for the past few years. Over the past year she was kicked out by her so called family who eventually moved during her last litter...15 puppies!"
Lynda was able to find homes for five of the puppies; several were taken while under the portable classroom, and she believes the person who turned in Sampson and Sadie placed the other two white pups. All in all, Lynda's students learned a positive lesson in compassion:
"A big thanks to all who cared about this little guy and all the other little guys around Dallas. Together we did make a difference. Children definitely learn by what we do, not by what we say. Just like one of the students said to me as she heard that the puppy had been rescued...”This is the best Thanksgiving!”
The mother dog, a Labrador retriever and Great Pyrenees mix, and the father, a Wire Haired terrier will need more socialization, but officials say the dogs are slowly coming around. Lynda hopes the two get adopted together; the dogs are closely bonded.
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