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Caring people rescued Buddy and Sheldon

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Our daughters came home to find our dogs, Buddy and Sheldon, gone from our yard. The gate to their run was side open, and the dogs were not to be seen.

A neighbour said they’d been running around their yard in the morning, so the dogs had been out all day and could have been anywhere.

My husband and I were driving home to East. St. Paul when we learned the news. We tried to hurry home in rush hour traffic, all the while talking about how we dreaded going home to aimlessly look for them and maybe find them dead on nearby Highway 59.

Then we got the call on my cellphone. My daughter said the Birds Hill Animal Hospital had called. I thought, "Oh no," but she said not to worry the dogs were OK. Staff from the animal hospital were bringing them home.

The staff turned out to be two really nice women who had heard there were two dogs on Highway 59 in need of help. They sacrificed their lunch break and rescued Buddy and Sheldon who were running around the floodway.

Word has it that a semi-trailer truck swerved to miss Buddy as he crossed the busy highway. Who knows what other dangers the dogs encountered?

But they are safe at home now, thanks to the good people of Birds Hill Animal Hospital (and the truck driver who swerved.) We didn’t get their names, but we will see them again when we bring our dogs in for a checkup. We were looking for a good vet, and we believe we have found one.

— Barbara Barnett-Fontaine

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