Dawn Whitridge of Templeton sent me a story that pulled at my heart and reminded me that there are wonderful people who are out there, willing to help a complete stranger and her furry companion.
‘At the end of June, we adopted a little three-year-old Shih Tzu mix we named Blossom from Woods Humane Society, as a companion for our Scottish terrier, Flora.
“From the little I have been able to find out about her, she had been ‘extremely neglected.’ She bonded with my husband and me. She and Flora have an amiable relationship, and she instantly became a much-loved member of our family.
“A couple of weeks ago, I took Blossom with me on a trip to Target in Paso Robles. When I came out, I packed my purchases in the back of the car, and chatted to her as I did so. She seemed quite happy, but as I backed out of the parking space she let out an awful high-pitched scream.
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“I jumped out of the car and ran to the back seat to find that somehow — I still don’t know how — one of her back legs had become horribly entwined in the seat belt attachment used to secure her, the metal fastener against her leg, tight as a tourniquet.
“No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t release her leg, and eventually appealed to a passer-by, asking if she might have any scissors. Although she did not, she declared she was a dog lover and began to attempt to help me, struggling with the strap while I held Blossom’s head; she was now so frightened she wanted to bite both of us.
“Two Target employees — one young man bearing scissors — and another lady joined us but to no avail.
“I was particularly distressed, as I had made a promise to Blossom that she would never have another bad day, ever, and it broke my heart to see her frightened and in pain.
“The first rescuer, Mary, decided she and the other lady would drive over to Petco on the other side of the parking lot to see if they could borrow a muzzle for my now thoroughly distraught little dog.
“They returned a few moments later with an angel by the name of Katie, who is a groomer at Petco. She was armed with a pair of grooming gloves, which cover most of the arm.
“She handed one to me to wear while I held Blossom’s head, and began working on the offending strap. In what seemed like no time at all, she succeeded in releasing it without even cutting it, though I obviously won’t use it again.
“It was impossible to tell her and the others how grateful I was.
“So, I want to thank Mary, Katie and the other people that were kind enough to take time out of their busy day to help us. I don’t know what I would have done without them. They were real heroes.
“Blossom is the second dog we have adopted from Woods Humane Society; the previous one was a large, beautiful, loving Belgian Malinois.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Woods, and thank them for two of the sweetest dogs ever.
“They really care about their animals, and take a great deal of trouble to ensure they go to the right home.
“Hopefully, Blossom has forgotten all about the incident, and she is back to being her normal, loving, funny, smart little self.”
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