For the first time in history of Pup fo the Week we are going to name a pup who is not only not a member of the Tanner Brigade, but a dog I have never met, online or off, nor have I ever barked at. In fact it wasn’t even until this pup had made the trip to the Bridge that I learned of her.
was an eight week of puppy from Tucumcari New Mexico. She had been
surrendered to a shelter and was in search of parents she could adopt
and take care of for years to come. Thanks to the work of the good
humans who try so tirelessly to help us dogs find their people a family
was found for Elyse.
us dogs do need help getting across the many miles from where the spot
we were surrendered to the place where our adoptive humans await. To
make the trip we have to depend on the kindness of strangers, who aren’t
getting a pup for their efforts, or any money, but are just doing it
for the love of us pups. We have so many human friends who do this and
while we appreciated it, it wasn’t until this weekend, when we saw a
story posted by Pokey’s and Maggie’s Mom, Aunt Laura, who, when she is
healthy, makes trips several times a month on the dangerous roads of the
Northeast, that we realized that people were putting their lives on the
line to help us get to their forever homes.
was going to be transported to her forever home by a well traveled pet
transporter named Catherine Bugg. She took the first leg of Elyse’s
transport from Tucumcari to Amarillo Texas. She was to meet with
another transporter to make the second leg, but Catherine and Elsie did
not arrive. The transporter for the second leg called Kerin Hanson who
volunteers with the organization Rescue Road Warriors. Kerin called the
state police to find out if there was any reason why Catherine and
Elsye would be running late and received devastating news.
driving on Route I-40 rain turned to ice turning the freeway into a
skating rink. The car that Catherine Bugg and Elyse was in spun out of
control and slammed into the center median. The car exploded and Elyse
never made it to her forever parents and Catherine never it back to her
pups and family waiting at home for her.
also leaves behind the people who saved and worked so hard in finding
Elyse a new home: the workers at the City of Tucumcari Animal Rescue.
those who knew Elyse in her short life saw her grow from a scared puppy
dumped at the shelter to a smart little girl who loved to snuggle.
this is for Catherine and Elyse, who both died way too young, and for
all the Moms in our groups who have done so many transports and are
risking so much for us little dogs and for all my friends who were ever
transported. It is a sad day.
Anyone interested in making a donation in Catherine's memory can do so:
Tucumacari Animal Hospital, 101 N 10th Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401, (575) 461-3900