Dog Rescue Stories: Donny Was Saved From Death Row
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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor
According to the shelter in Southern Illinois from which he was rescued, Donny was a family dog whose family split up. The dad had trouble finding a place where he could have his kids visit that would also accept Donny, because he has features that resemble a Pit Bull. So, Donny went to stay with a friend of the dad, and that friend decided to drop him off at the local shelter without informing Donny’s family. When the shelter reached out to the family, they we unable to take him back.
Dachsund Rescue of Southern Illinois picked Donny up from the shelter, saving his life when he was days away from being put down due to the length of time he’d been there — several months! Jordan’s kind-hearted girlfriend, Amy, saw Donny’s picture on social media, and decided she would foster him until he was adopted.
Donny stayed with Amy for a night, was a perfect gentleman and got along well with her very sweet Plott hound, Finn. The next night, Amy brought him over to Jordan’s for a visit. Having seen a picture or two and hearing from Amy how well-behaved he was, Jordan was 99% sure that he wanted to adopt Donny before they even got to his place. His plan was to play it cool and wait until the next day to say he wanted to adopt him, but about ten minutes into playing together, Jordan couldn’t help but blurt out that he wanted to be his forever dad!
The next day, Jordan worked an all day concert, performed at an outdoor venue by the students of the two School of Rock locations in St Louis, where he’s area Music Director. Amy brought Donny and Finn during the afternoon, and Donny was relaxed and kind around tons of kids and noise, calmly taking it all in as people petted him and gushed over how handsome he is. Jordan started the adoption process right away.
Two months into their life together, on a Tuesday night in October, Donny chased Finn out of Amy’s back door while they were playing together, jumped down three stairs, landed badly, and ruptured the ACL of his left rear leg. Jordan took him to their vet, Millis Animal Hospital
, the next morning, and he had surgery to repair the joint that Thursday. Jordan spent about two months carrying Donny up and down the stairs to his second story apartment before he was able to take them on his own. He received excellent care from Dr. Albers and all the staff at Millis, and Jordan is so grateful that he was able to get great treatment and ongoing care at Millis. It’s also good that Jordan’s back held up, taking his 65 pound buddy in and out during his recovery!
These days, Donny and Jordan enjoy walking the Southwest Garden neighborhood where they live in St Louis, smelling every leaf and blade of grass in Tower Grove Park (mostly Donny), seeing the sights in their great city, and documenting Donny’s experiences on his Instagram account @theperfectrescue
. They’re hoping to get a shot of him in front of all the local landmarks and to get out of town now and then for a road trip!
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is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever
, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof
, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy