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Shi Tzu Bookends

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A very active PnP pilot had to hang up the wings for a bit to allow an injury to heal.  He shares the full story.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to parse or comprehend the cosmic meaning behind this, but . . . .


I had a follow up appointment with my surgeon on April 8. But, there was an urgent request: a blind Shih Tzu / Lhasa Apso in Houston had an adopter in Staten Island NY. Teddy, the little boy, needed to catch ground transport that morning out of Dallas, TX.

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Teddy had been tossed into a dumpster. When found, he had only one eye, and it was badly infected. It was subsequently removed. Teddy was rescued by Lone Start Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue.


I de-splinted my left hand early and started to exercise the atrophied wrist and fingers. Scott Bennett, another Pearland Regional pilot, agreed again to fly 20223, since I was uncertain of my abilities. I postponed my follow up. My hope was to fly one leg.


Teddy was delivered to Pearland by a Lone Start Rescue volunteer, at 8 a.m. It turned out to be a turbulent and gusty day. I wasn’t comfortable that my left hand was good enough to struggle with the controls, so Scott flew both ways, making a couple of amazing crosswind landings. We flew Teddy to Mesquite Metro Airport in Dallas, where he was picked up by Kelly Robertson to make the ground transport connection. Teddy arrived at his new home with Stephanie in New York City on April 12.

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I saw the surgeon Thursday (I put the splint back on for the visit). She pronounced herself satisfied. I’m supposed to have physical therapy twice a week for four weeks. Meanwhile, I’ll exercise the hand by flying rescue dogs every day I can.


It seemed to be an appropriate and poetic bookend. Injured when rear-ended while driving Precious, a blind Shi Tzu, from a rescue flight and subsequently grounded by hand surgery. Emerge from my grounding by transporting Teddy, blind Shih Tzu / Lhasa Apso, with Scott. Kind of full circle . . .


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6 thoughts on “Shi Tzu Bookends”

  1. Jim Carney says:

    The very active PNP Pilot and owner of the Cessna mentioned in this article is Wade Roberts. Wade and I have met several times while doing PNP transfers. Wade is 100% dedicated to saving Dogs and it is a pleasure to know him!!
    Jim Carney
    Pilot for Pilots N Paws – TN

  2. Suzanne Dubinin says:

    As all rescue stories touch the heart and bless the soul, this one is certainly very special. Thank you so very, very much for all that you do at PNP, and know that it is appreciated by animal lovers everywhere.

  3. Debi says:

    Thank you for all you do. It makes such a difference. May God Bless you and keep you safe.

  4. Jan says:

    I can’t imagine the horrendous life this poor little man must have suffered before he was rescued. Thrown in a dumpster? OMG – I hope all people that mistreat/maim their pets go to a very hot place when they pass. Well done to both pilots for giving their time and their love! ♥

  5. Leah Bradford says:

    God Bless these Pilot’s you all are AMAZING!!! The stories wonderful! Good luck lil bookend you are finally home….Leah Bradford

  6. Jim Kieselburg says:

    It is my belief that your karma follows you and is determinant in where you go after this life. Pilot Wade shall have his good karma to bring him to a new and rewarding entity and the bad karma of the person that tossed this little guy will have more than several adverse existences that balance out his meanness. Not good but justified. I humbly bow to Wade for the LovingKindness he has given.

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