They say every dog has its day, and for “Lady,” an aging black lab, her day has finally arrived. Adopted by an heiress and given a ride to her new Florida home via a private jet, the forlorn black lab, so despondent just a few weeks ago, is now living out her remaining tail-wagging days surrounded by comfort and love.
Lady lost her original owner in 2012. She was taken in by a Kansas family, but then after a few years she turned back over to the animal shelter after the family said Lady was not getting along with the younger pup they brought into their home. Heartbroken, Lady escaped the shelter and walked an incredible 30 miles back to the family’s doorstep – only to be rejected when her owners turned around and drove her right back.
Lady was dog-tired, but the best was to come.
Writes the Inquisitr: “The aging pup flew in style — on a private jet — to Florida, where she will live out the rest of her years with Helen Rich, an heiress to the Wrigley gum company. Rich has an animal sanctuary in Florida, where Lady arrived safely with an assistant on Thursday night.”
The most recent adoptee of the Wrigley chewing gum heir, Lady, who previously had the name “Ma Kettle” because of her advanced age, is getting the royal treatment at Rich’s 120-acre Florida mansion and neglected animal sanctuary.
Gawker on Aug. 1 summarized Lady’s plight:
Lady first landed in a Sedan, Kansas animal shelter after her original owner passed away in 2012. She quickly grew attached to the first family that adopted her, but they felt she was too rough with their puppy and worried she wasn't friendly toward little dogs. They returned her to the shelter. She was adopted by a second family in Independence, Kan., earlier this summer, but Lady missed her previous home so much that she escaped and pulled a Homeward Bound, walking 30 miles to reunite with the owners who'd rejected her.
Lady’s story of tear-jerking rejection went viral after it was picked up by Pet Rescue Examiner Cheryl Hanna and “liked” hundreds of thousands of times. Word went out, and one set of eyes that read Lady’s story was Wrigley heir, philanthropist and animal lover Helen Rich.
Says The NY Daily News: “If all dogs go to heaven, Lady's will be a heaven on earth. Lady has had a tough life in recent months, but a Florida heiress who loves animals is vowing to make the lab's golden years truly happy.”
Last week, Rich said she can’t wait to meet her newest houseguest. “I'm currently out of town, but my arms will be wrapped around her on Saturday. And she will never be scared or lonely again!” she said. Now together, Rich recently changed her Facebook cover photo to her and Lady, smiling away.
Rich and Lady are getting along like two happy-go-lucky diggety dogs. Lady’s “pound to palace” story is both touching and inspiring. Please share!
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