This is the story of Woburn's pup Dixie
8 June, 2004
Bond County Humane Society took in 8 puppies and their mom the last week of March. They were approximately 5 weeks old when we received them. The pregnant mother had been dumped north of Woburn and left to fend for herself. The puppies and mom received all of the required tests, vaccinations, micro chipping, and spay/neuter. At about 9 weeks we began the adoption process. All the puppies and mom were all successfully adopted out to forever homes ranging from O'Fallon, MO, to Syracuse, NY. The Syracuse connection was a real challenge for us and the adopter.
Jill in Syracuse had fallen in love with Dixie's photo on our website. After receiving her adoption application and completing several telephone interviews, her adoption was approved. For the next few weeks Jill struggled with various attempts to organize a relay to get little Dixie home to Syracuse but each attempt failed because of some missing legs in the relay. She solicited help from a seasoned organizer in Albany, NY to put a relay together. This relay was scheduled for the weekend of 5 & 6 June. I had originally volunteered to transport Dixie to Effingham but as of Friday the 4th the legs from Effingham to Dayton, OH were still not filled. In order not to miss this opportunity to get Dixie home, I volunteered to drive her all the way to Dayton.
Dixie's transport to her new home in Syracuse, NY was completed without a hitch last weekend. We transferred Dixie to a northbound driver at Dayton, OH Saturday around noon and she was home with her new companion in Syracuse, NY before noon on Sunday. She traveled through Effingham, IL, Terre Haute, IN, Indianapolis, In, Richmond, In, Huber Heights, OH, Columbus, OH, Cleveland, OH, Ashtabula, OH, Erie, PA, Buffalo, NY (overnight stay), Rochester, NY and then on to Syracuse, NY.
The northbound driver we transferred Dixie to in Dayton, OH started out Saturday morning in Lexington KY with two Bull Mastiff's and an Australian Shep mix at about the same time we left Greenville for Dayton (6:00am). They were headed to foster homes in NY in preparation for adoption. We met on schedule, made the transfer and Dixie was on her way to NY. A total of 14 volunteer drivers participated in the relay.
Following is a picture of Rachel Hundsdorfer, President of Bond County Humane Society, and Rhonda Sorrells a BCHS member and a certified dog trainer.
Since Dixie's Sendoff
Dixie has a great life now in NY with her new forever mom Jill. She goes for a one hour walk each morning, and hasn't met a stranger yet (human or animals). She has gone through PetSmart obedience training and learned some important disciplines. Dixie has the luxury of being frequently taken to a nearby camp and lake where she is able to swim and have fun.
Below is a recent picture of Dixie
April 2009 email letter update
Hi Dennis and Rachel!
It has been a LONG time since I have written and hopefully you haven't
forgotten about Dixie and me!!
We moved recently - actually right down the street - temporarily. It is
good because we are basically in the same neighborhood but there are a lot
more hills where we are now. And, the Erie Canal is about a block from the
house, so we have a nice long path to walk on now too!! I am in the process
of looking for a house with a nice fenced in yard and then hopefully this
summer getting Dixie a sister or brother! She so loves the company of other
dogs and I know she needs it - and I have the itch to get another doggy!!
I still tell the story of how I got Dixie and how wonderful you both are! I
see her story is still on your website - very nice to see!! Dixie is such
a great dog and companion. We still get compliments on how pretty she is
everywhere we go!! Her coat is so healthy and shiny - I feed her Wellness
brand pet food which is very expensive but has all natural ingredients and
she loves it!!
I submitted Dixie's picture to Planetdog.com and got an email last week that she was picked for their online album. (she
is on page 5) I was soooo happy - a proud mommy!! I am attaching a couple
of pictures for you to see how she looks!!
Thank you for all you do and take care,