Wolf Bayou is an area just outside of Wardell, Mo. It's bottom land forest at the end of Route BB, just over the levee. It's rugged terrain; locals go there to four wheel drive and play in the mud. It's off the beaten path, and there are only a handful of houses in the area. It's not a place you would expect to find a cur much less a very quiet and domesticated terrier like Harry. But that's exactly where Harry was found.
An elderly couple discovered Harry at the Bayou and knew right away that he didn't belong there. Covered in fleas and more than a little timid, they managed to get their hands on this abandoned pup. They scooped him up and began checking door to door with the few families that lived in the area, to see if they knew Harry or his owners. None of them did.
Not really knowing what to do with him, the couple took Harry to P.A.W.S. in Hayti where he was accepted, lovingly.
Almost as soon as Harry had settled in at the shelter, the girls at P.A.W.S. put his picture on Facebook asking if anyone recognized him. They explained on his image that Harry had been found and could be picked up at the shelter. Harry was shy, sweet, appeared to be housebroken, and had already been neutered. Once admitted to P.A.W.S., Harry was put on a stray hold to give his owners time to come find him. But Harry's owners never came.
The fact that nobody claimed him convinced the girls at P.A.W.S. that Harry had surely been dumped. When Harry's stray hold time was up, the girls put Harry's pictures back up on Facebook announcing that Harry was for adoption. Many fans of the pages commented on Harry's good looks and apparent loving demeanor.
It wasn't no time before truck driver, Brenda Ellah, seen Harry's picture on the P.A.W.S. Facebook page. She lived in Canada but was a fan of the shelter and traveled through the Bootheel frequently. Brenda contacted the shelter to arrange to meet Harry.
So Karol and Erma, with Harry in tow, arranged to meet Brenda at the local truck stop a few days later. It was love at first sight for both Harry and Brenda and the girls at the shelter knew they had a match. How awesome it would be for Harry, who loves to ride in a car, getting a new life spending time on the road with his new human.
Brenda immediately gave the thumbs up and agreed to adopt Harry, and Karol and Erma set in motion all that had to be done for Harry to travel to his new home in Canada. Crossing state lines required that Harry see the vet and get a certificate of health. The boarder patrol would certainly require the same.
Declared healthy and up to date on vaccinations Harry was set and ready for the long ride to his new home. Over Labor Day weekend, Erma took Harry to meet with Brenda, and said her goodbyes to sweet Harry, the loving and adorable terrier that had stolen their hearts.
During the trip home to Canada, Brenda made several comments on the shelter's Facebook page, as well as her own, about what a wonderful little rider Harry was, sharing pictures of Harry with each post. He was a natural traveler, enjoying the ride, ready to get out to stretch his legs, but always ready to get back in the truck and go.
But the real excitement for Harry was yet to come. Awaiting him at his new home was his new sister, Portia. A well cared for, if not a bit spoiled little pup, used to ruling her roost. But Harry was up for the job of making a great impression.
After stopping in several states, including Illinois and Michigan, Harry arrives at his new home. Brenda takes the time to update Harry's progress with the fans of the P.A.W.S. Facebook page with the following statement.
"Update....Harry spent his first night at home playing outside till dark, tummy rubs on the couch then settled into bed with us. Portia loves her space but Harry somehow weaseled his way in between us and slept all night sharing my pillow. He has spent today playing outside with Portia, and the neighbors dog Cash and is now off to meet Abby and Marly; more doggies who belong to friends of ours. He's eating well, drinking lots, loving his treat chews and finding a way into Portia's heart."
It appears that Harry is off to leading a very active and comfortable life with Brenda and her family. Look forward to updates on Harry in the coming weeks, along with images of Harry, his new home, family, and pals.
Pet adoption saves and enriches lives both human and animal. And love knows no boundaries or distance when the match is right and it's love at first sight. Please consider pet adoption when acquiring your next pet. It's certain that your newest loyal and devoted friend is waiting somewhere close, in a shelter or rescue near you.
P.A.W.S. d.b.a Caruthersville Humane Society is located at 204 S. 4th Street, Hayti, Mo. 63851 Phone: 573-359-0113 You can find P.A.W.S. online at www.pcaws.org or click here to find them on Facebook.