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We’ve had another successful dog rescue. :)

A couple of weeks ago, Karen learned of a litter of shepherd mix puppies outside of Nashville that had lost their mother soon after birth. It took about three weeks for our schedules to permit a rescue flight, and the puppies needed to get bigger and stronger. Tragically, there were only two of the puppies still alive.

Well, they are pretty cute. Sure, they were worth the trip to Nashville to rescue:

But let’s be honest, that’s a whole lot of gas to burn for just two puppies. So, Karen put out the word that we were doing another Pilots N Paws run and yhep, there were a total of six dogs requiring rescue waiting for us in Smyrna, TN.

Now all these three wigglers went from a shelter in Tennessee to foster homes here in the Chicago area.

But, here’s the best part. Most of you know that one of our personal dogs, Sky, is a Pilots N Paws rescue. Sky is ours to love forever as a result of one of Rick Terzo’s Pilots N Paws flights. Gracie was scheduled to be euthanized last Friday. But her date with the needle was postponed because Gracie is going home to live with Ray, who is the brother of Rick’s wife Cheryl. So, this flight is actually pay back to the Terzos. :) Here’s Gracie: And she is a love bug!

So, all six dogs loaded aboard; and ,we launched for Chicago.

We broke our rule and took Polie out of the crate to play with during the flight.

Come on. How could you resist?

And Rolie slept the whole trip:

Our view at the end of the rescue:

So, opening Rolie & Polie’s crate during the flight did turn out to be a bad idea. I didn’t get their crate closed all the way. They popped out onto the wing to see what was going on as we tried to put the Columbia back into the hangar.

Now five of the dogs went off to A.R.F. The Animal Rescue Foundation.

Gracie went home with us to wait for Cheryl’s brother, Ray. And she is one sweet dog.

And the circle is now complete. Because of the Terzo family and Pilots N Paws the Tobin’s get to love Sky forever.

Now, because of the Tobins and Pilots N Paws the Terzos get to love Gracie forever:

Gracie dodged her date with the needle and has Ray for a “forever father” now.

Well, that was all the adventure on Sunday.

Pete and Karen Tobin