Starving, Sick Puppy Found in Middle of Busy Road Travels Over 1,300 Miles to Find New Home

On a hot August day, a woman spotted a small, hairless animal dodging traffic on a busy street in Iberville Parish, Louisiana.

It was a pup, covered in sores and emaciated, and the woman stopped to help, knowing that the pup would not survive much longer without some sort of intervention. She swept up the frightened little dog and the pup made his way to the Iberville Parish Shelter & Animal Control.

No one knew what was in store for the dog or how far she would go — both on her health journey and walking literal miles.

The cute girl, nicknamed “Dobby,” was a type of pit bull terrier mix who had demodicosis, according to People.

On August 12, Dobby was in the care of a foster home, and Animal Control Director Alison Alvarado said the dog’s relief was immediate.


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“You could see it all over her cute, hairless face,” Alvarado said, according to Clear the Shelters. “The sweetest, most tolerant and affectionate pup I have come into contact with in a long time.”

She added that the pup was devastated by her ordeal, “but had the cutest eyes that were screaming for help.”

Thanks to the rescue of Bayou Buddies and Greater Good Charities, Dobby’s medical needs were covered.

At the end of the month, Dobby was flying over 1,300 miles from Louisiana to New Jersey bound for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison. She left her rough past far behind and started a whole new chapter.

Her fur grew back, she gained weight and on September 15th she found her new forever home.

“We are pleased to announce that Dobby has been adopted!” St. Hubert announced on Facebook. “Dobby has been through a lot in her short life. The six-month-old pup had been a hungry stray in Louisiana who was found foraging on a hot, busy street. She was hairless, scabbed and emaciated.


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“Her story took a turn for the better when she was rescued by our partners at the Iberville Parish Shelter and Animal Control and brought to NJ on a Greater Good Charities flight. She quickly won the hearts of our staff and volunteers, and even the First Lady of New Jersey.

“Now she is beginning a wonderful new chapter in her life with her adoptive family and we couldn’t be happier!”

Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she has devoted herself to writing and is particularly fond of animal-related subjects.

As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn’t know exactly how. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University with an MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, and wrote her thesis on metacognitive development and literacy transfer in freshmen.
She has a range of interests that keep her busy including trying new recipes, enjoying the great outdoors, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, observing people, developing curriculum and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she had blue-green hair.
In addition to a book in the works on productive communication strategies, Amanda writes and illustrates a number of children’s books with her husband Edward.


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