Duke of Troy came to ABC from a bad family situation where he wasn't treated very well at all and he went into a foster home in the Albany area. They had Duke for three months and they learned all about his quirks and issues. Duke had been confined to a small crate for some time and had developed arthritis in his back legs. Upon examination by their vet they determined that he was also blind in his left eye. He was easily startled if approached on his left side, as he couldn't see anything out of that eye. His arthritis only bothered him once in awhile. His foster mom, Jeanne, grew to love Duke and he was enjoying living in the house and sleeping on the couch with her. Duke was bonding with their other basset and with Jeanne's husband, Barry.
Three months later, Duke travelled from the Albany area to Niagara Falls to another foster home as he was to be adopted out to a family closer to the area. The day he arrived in Niagara Falls, Duke and his new foster siblings escaped from the back yard of his new foster home. He hadn't been at this foster home or in the area for more than a few hours. He had just travelled with ABC volunteers across the state....he started to run and didn't stop.
After chasing him for so long they realized that they needed a bigger group of people to help catch him. They needed some people searching and some people at specific locations waiting to see him. So, a "Search and Rescue Team" was coordinated. Information was sent out to all volunteers and posted everywhere that they knew to post it.
In the meantime, Jeanne and Barry were informed about Duke's great escaped and hopped in their car on Monday morning to help the search. They arrived Monday afternoon and met up with a small group of volunteers who had been canvasing the area he was last seen. These volunteers were not only ABC volunteers, but some of the people from the neighborhood where Duke had been hanging out. They had thought he was bedded down in the creek bed somewhere, but after walking the creek over and over and over without one sighting of him they had to give up for the night. But not before Bob Richardson set up a homemade trap with some hotdogs and bologna...just in case he was traveling in the area overnight. Bob, Jeanne and Barry spent most of the night walking the creek bed and checking the trap in hopes to see him with no luck.
|Bob and Duke right after capture|
|The group from the Footbridge|
|Bob lecturing Duke on how he shouldn't run again|
|Jeanne reuniting with Duke|
|Duke meeting his Search Party|
|Yeah...that's his daddy...|
Duke was able to see all the volunteers who came to find him and then he was whisked off to Companion Care Animal Hospital down the road to be checked out. Jeanne wouldn't allow him to be out of her sight for more than a few minutes and I think that is when a decision was made...Duke was to go back home with her and Barry where he was meant to be all along. The vet found nothing wrong with the fugitive (other than the loss of 8 lbs) and he was released shortly after. He got into Jeanne and Barry's car and headed toward home to sleep off his 9 days of traveling around scenic Niagara Falls.
|Duke and his parents|
ABC volunteers searched, with the help of people in the neighboring area, Niagara Falls police and friends of ABC, for Duke non-stop for three days. It was amazing the amount of support that we received during this search. I can't even come up with the right words to say "Thank you" to everyone involved in this endeavor. People took off of work. Spent days walking and talking to anyone they could to get the word out. People posted to Facebook and gave out flyers. I can't list the names of ALL the people who helped to catch Duke today but they know who they are and that they are truly appreciated.
|Just a few of the ABC volunteers to help find Duke|
|Duke getting ready to head back to Albany|
|Duke finally sleeping on his way home|
I guess the pictures from this blog go a long way to say Thank you to everyone involved. And after it all I can hear Shelly Gordon in my head saying "When you buy a dog, you get a dog. When you adopt a dog, you get a family". That has always been the case with ABC and this situation just cements that fact. Let's all take a minute out of our holiday to not only thank a Veteran but to thank a volunteer.
ABC gives a shit...that is for damn well sure.