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PNP Pilot Wade Adopts His 5th Rescue Dog!

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Thank you Pilot Wade for sharing your story of adopting your 5th rescue dog, Snags (because of her teeth)!

“I got involved in a mission to get a mutt terrier from the San Bernardino, CA shelter to an adopter in Alexandria, VA. I involved a couple of other pilots, but some of the legs just weren’t coming together (holidays). The adopter emailed me and she was frustrated and giving up. I called her and said I’d pay to have the pooch transported on United (less $ that I’d’ve spent on avgas for my leg),” said Wade.

Ultimately the adoption fell through. The shelter had Wade’s number and called to say they were going to put the little girl down.

Wade continued telling his story, “At that point, I felt already involved with the pooch and could not let that happen. I found a volunteer who got her to a vet for spaying, vaccinations and boarding, and who then got her on a United flight from Ontario, CA to Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, TX. Picked her up Thursday night, and slowly introducing her to the rest of the pack.”


Wade and his family welcomed this new rescue into their home. “I Persuaded my wife to agree by telling her that it was all I wanted for my birthday and Christmas,” Wade said.

When asked about the rest of the rescue pack, Wade said, “Snags joins Cessna, a 10-year-old Schnoodle who strayed into a hangar at my home airfield; Fifinella, a two-year-old Shih Tzu who was one of four dogs I flew this summer from Austin, TX to Russellville, AR (I ended up flying back home with her); Pif, an 11-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix I adopted from Chicago Anticruelty when I was living and teaching at a college there; and Rufas Thibodeaux, a five-year-old Tibetan Terrier I got from the Pasadena, TX pound. I gave Rufas a Cajun name. The Shih Tzu resembled a gremlin, so I named her after the flying gremlin heroine in Roald Dahl’s “Gremlins,” (illustrated by Walt Disney Studios in the 1940s; the illustration became the logo of the U.S. Women’s Air Service Pilots). Fifinella, the Shih Tzu, was featured in the most recent issue of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum newsletter.”


Fifinella after the heroine in Raold Dahl’s classic WWII children’s book “Gremlins,” about little flying gremlins that protect Allied fighter pilots in Europe during the war. Walt Disney Studios illustrated the book back in the 1940s, and one of the images of Fifinella became the logo for the Womens Air Service Pilots (WASPs).

21 thoughts on “PNP Pilot Wade Adopts His 5th Rescue Dog!”

  1. Pat B says:

    Wade has flown for Houston Collie Rescue before. He is a super nice man. This definitely sounds like something he would do. Thanks Wade!

  2. Adrian Meli says:

    Way to go Wade, rescuer extraordinaire! Snags is so lucky to have found you and your family.

  3. Way to go Wade!!! I love Snags teeth and ears, she is a cutie pie. Thank you so much for saving her from being PTS. You and your wife have a big heart for the animals in need. Bless you for all that you do for them.

    Give all your little ones a big hug for me please.

  4. Jane Klann says:

    Wade – Thank you for rescuing this sweet one and all you do for the dogs. You have helped New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue which I volunteer for and you are our HERO. God Bless you for the work you do!

  5. Carol says:

    Thanks to Wade for all he does to save the lives of his precious charges. New Beginnings Shihtzu Rescue appreciates him very much.

  6. Heidi Endres says:

    Wade, this is absolutely wonderful what you are doing for these animals–they melt your heart and you have a big heart!

    I hope that you are able to continue your important rescue and air transport work for many years to come. These animals need you in a big way. You are their hero!

    My husband, Bob, and I do transports and overnights on the ground in Wisconsin for out-of-state and in-state transports. We are members of New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue and BRATS of Wisconsin. We have 7 dogs and when we are doing better financially, we will be donating money to your cause! God bless you and thank you for doing what you do for the animals.

    There will be a lot of dogs waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.


    Heidi Endres & Bob Rebitski
    Adams and Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  7. Sheila Guthrie says:

    You’re an angel for what you do Wade. Thank you, from an New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue foster.

  8. Norma Smith says:

    i’m with New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue and want to say thanks so much for all you and the rest of the group do for us and all of the other dogs that you save! It is so appreciated!

  9. Laura Craig says:

    I am so happy for Wade and Snags! Wade adopted Fifinella from us and she could not have found a more perfect home. We are truly blessed to have Wade and the rest of the Pilots!! Congratulations Wade and Snags!!!

  10. Tom Fletcher says:

    Wade i and our group would like to thank you for all the work you are doing to save the dogs. You are a special Person to take time out and you moneys to help these little dogs I and the NBSTR would like to thank you and hope that you can keeping on helping out Thanks Tom Fletcher

  11. Tina Norwood says:

    Hi Wade, as a foster parent with New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue, I want to personally thank you for all that you do to help the animals.

  12. Rich Randol says:

    Thank you for rescuing these special little ones. I have 3 foster flunks myself from New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue. Great to hear Fifinella story about her name.

    Thanks for all you do.

    Rich Randol, Volunteer NBSTR.

  13. cindy b says:

    i am a recipient of one of the dogs that Wade flew from texas to arkansas..i am so greatful for people like Wade.i am with New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue and very much love my dogs..i am more of a flunky because each dog i get i keep..they are all seniors..We can’t save them all but we can try our best..THANK YOU WADE FOR BEING THE PERSON YOU ARE…MAY GOD ALWAYS BE WITH YOU AND GUIDE ON YOUR FLIGHTS……

  14. Dave says:

    My kind of guy! What a great story. Wade has helped us before at New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue (nbstr.org) and is someone for us all to look up to. (Sorry, pun intended.)

  15. Patti says:

    Wade is just the absolute best! He went out of his way to get my Annie to me. Annie was a rescue from the San Antonio area. Annie needed to come to CT from TX, and could not do a road transport. When weather cancelled the original flight plan Wade kept Annie for 5 nights until all legs could be reworked. He treated her like gold and is just one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to have contact with. Many blessings to Wade, he has touched so many lives, he is my hero!

  16. Marilynn says:

    Angels fly, thank you so much Wade!! The NBSTR dogs you have transported thank you too!!

  17. Linda says:

    Thanks Wade for all you do for the dogs.
    It’s people like you that help to give these little ones another chance at life in a good home.

    New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue (nbstr.org)
    Another person who looks up to you.

  18. Amanda Gilbert says:

    Wade is absolutely amazing! I’m not even sure how many emails we’ve sent back and forth now arranging transports from the little bitty town of Lampasas to various points around the country. This man never lets the animals down, and will go above and beyond in trying to make arrangements to get them to safety. My hat is off to Wade. Snags might not realize it yet, but she is one lucky girl.

  19. Susan says:

    Wade- You are truly one of God’s earth angels. You save those who cannot speak for themselves time and time again.
    You are my hero.

    Susan Hackbarth
    New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue

  20. Sherry says:

    Snags is a Westie (West Highland White Terrier). So glad she’s got a good home now!

  21. Patti J says:

    Snags is Adorable & Very Lucky to have become part of your family!!! You’re Wonderful to help the ones in need, the animals & humans alike are Very Grateful for All that you do!!!
    I Love your story about Fifinella too!!!

    Patti J
    New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue

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