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Happy Ending: Dusty Rhodes

“I’ve wined and dined with kings and queens and slept in alleys eating pork and beans.”- Dusty Rhodes

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Remember that sad, little shepherd mix my friends found recently on the hard streets of Kansas City?

Well, he’s doing much better now.

In fact, you might say little Dusty Rhodes, named for a pro wrestler, is living “The American Dream.”

Because my friends were able to get around a dog weight restriction at their apartment, Dusty Rhodes came home with them.

He now has a mom, a dad and a tiny beagle sister named Daphne.

No more sleeping at the park for this guy!

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Congratulations, Dusty!

Unfortunately, the list of dogs in need is neverending.

Another friend found an equally adorable shepherd mix with no collar, tags or microchip around 73rd and Harrison streets in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City yesterday.

Please share her photo if you have Kansas City contacts so that we may track down an owner before the dog is turned over to animal control.

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Do you recognize me?

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From the Streets to the Shelter

What would you do if you found this at your neighborhood park?

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Fortunately for this little shepherd mix, when my friends stumbled across him a few days ago they did more than hurry past and try to forget about the sad sight.

They contacted animal control.

That’s not always an easy call to make. The shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, is not in good condition, and although euthanasia rates are down, not every animal makes it out of there alive.

For these reasons, my friends weren’t thrilled to send the pup to the city pound, but they weren’t in a position to tend to his immediate needs.

They did the right thing.

And again, they did not simply turn their backs when the truck drove off with the stray animal.

They recognized that to survive the shelter, this dog would need allies on the outside.

So, they shared his picture and story on social networks and lost pet forums.

They called up the shelter to see how he was doing.

They even went to visit him.

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My friends would really like to adopt this dog, but at 45 pounds he is slightly too large for the rules set by their apartment complex.

They say he seems to be friendly and sweet, and the shelter estimates he is between 6 months and 1 year old.

Today, he is officially available for adoption from KC Pet Project. His identification number is 19425723.

Please share this dog’s story with anyone you know who may be interested in adopting him.

What do you do when you find a wayward dog?

Read more about the experience of finding this dog at ginchy!
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