Last Updated on February 24, 2023 by Pets Feed
When Donna Lochmann heard of a stray black and white dog near a freeway entrance, she rushed to him. Not only was it a dangerous area for the dog, but it was also terribly cold, absolutely unsuitable for a dog to stay outside for long at such low temperatures.
Donna was eager to know how the frightened pit bull would react upon meeting her. He recognized that the dog was in a precarious situation, wandering dangerously near a busy highway, and he didn’t want any sudden movements or loud noises that might scare him away.
Donna, rescue manager for Stray Rescue of St. Louis, told The Dodo:
“If he had been scared and run away, he would have ended up on the road. We certainly never want those guys on the road.”
Abandoned dog asks for petting when he sees his rescuer
When Donna arrived on the scene, she found a petrified dog cowered against a chain-link fence as cars sped past. She moved cautiously towards him, happy to see that he welcomed her presence as well as she welcomed his. Time is running out: Donna must act fast.
The rescuer remembers:
“When I approached him, I knelt down a bit so he wouldn’t be intimidated. But he was actually very nice.”
Instead of running away, the dog tilted its head forward and looked at Donna with a slight sniffle. Instantly aware that she was safe in his presence, he turned to invite a loving caress to her stomach. He was wiggling, but for the first time since she had seen him, his tail was wagging with joy!
Donna enthusiastically hugged the dog and showered it with affection before riding with her to her Jeep.
The volunteer says:
“He let me pet him right away. It was very gentle.”
Seeing the big trucks go by, the rescuer decided to name her new four-legged friend Peterbilt. As they walked away with him, Donna comforted “Peter” with sweet words and reassuring pats on the head.
Donna wasn’t sure exactly how Peterbilt had ended up on the freeway on-ramp, but it was clear from his reactions that he was used to interacting with humans.
“He was definitely unfamiliar with human contact. Someone had it, but didn’t really take care of it.”
Peterbilt’s search for the perfect loving family was finally over. His new friends at the vet clinic gave him a thorough evaluation and found him in excellent shape, so they started getting him ready for foster care right away.
In no time, Peterbilt found a foster home and the family he was looking for. After saying goodbye with loving kisses to each of her dear St. Louis Stray Rescue friends, she happily embarked on her new journey with an open heart.
Peterbilt continues to search for the perfect forever home. She loves to curl up in her bed to take a nap and walk around with her people while waiting for that special place.
Peterbilt is beyond special, and his savior knows someone is going to fall head over heels in love with him at any moment. It’s only a matter of time before they want him back, so it won’t be long before he has a home again!
Finally, Donna said:
“He’s going to fit right into someone’s family. He’ll be fine as someone’s family member.”
Images: Facebook / Stray Rescue of St. Louis
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