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18 Dogs Celebrate Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving Gratefulness

Thanksgiving Gratefulness

From Scott Messinger:

This PILOTS N PAWS rescue became a last minute weekend RUSH.  It seems the local vet in Lousianna who was temporarily boarding our dogs called and said, “ALL DOGS OUT BY MON. NOV 21, PERIOD”.  Apparently, with Thanksgiving just a few days away, his PAYING customers had vacations planned, and his kennels were soon to be full.  He needed his space back.  No excuses accepted.

So, our little “waifs” had to go! Oh, no! Second Class Citizens, again!

How can you not mobilize instantly?

How can you not mobilize instantly?

Instant mobilization time!  Frantic calls were made late Friday afternoon.  Could everyone get their dogs ready by the next morning?

After all, we were talking 18 dogs located in 3 states…..Dogs had to be vetted, picked up, and kept in peoples’ houses overnight in preparation for an early am departure.

It's yet another planeful for Scott

It's yet another planeful for Scott

The Vets ultimatum combined with bad flying weather predicted for Monday meant we had to make this a SAT-SUN overnight trip.

The wives were not going to be happy.

First stop …Philadelphia to Jackson, TN.  Pickup a bunch and move ’em to Hammond, LA to overnight.  Then on to Lafayette, LA where we spent the night.

Terrible Two?

Terrible Two?

The next morning…FOG.  We waited around the airport until almost 10, and finally loaded up our dogs.  We were already 3 hours late for the 9 hour trip up the coast.  It was going to be a late night.

Next stop…back to Hammmond, LA to pick up yesterday’s dogs!  3 hours later.. time for a fuel stop.  Oops – Augusta, GA, our planned fuel stop was fogged in.  Diverted to Columbus Metro in GA.  When we got there, fogged in also!  We made it into Florence, SC, low on fuel and were off to Easton, MD to drop off our pugs to Tammy, arriving at 7:30 PM.

Smooth flying after that, and we finally made Caldwell, NJ by 8:45 PM.

Back in Philly by 10pm…9 hours flying each day..but all dogs got where they needed to be in time for the Holidays.

Sweet Face for the day...

Sweet Face for the day...

Thanks to Terrie, Tammy, Cindy, Karen, Robyn, and Joan Kerr from Penny Angel Beagle Rescue who has agreed to take Jerry the VERY high heartworm positive beagle from Tenn.

PS- As I write this Jerry is asleep by my feet.  We got in too late last night, for his foster to get him, so Jerry and I had a sleepover.

He had treats and slept with his very own (and first ever) stuffed animal.

He should only know that the best part of his life is about to begin!

15 thoughts on “18 Dogs Celebrate Thanksgiving…”

  1. Dawn says:

    Thank you, and the fosters for going out of your way to make it all happen. It was a super nice story to read on Thanksgiving morning.

  2. Kchjka says:

    How selfish of that vet. Someone who cares more for money than helping animals should not be in their profession. I understand they have to live too but he made an agreement to help those homeless animals and went back on it for a profit.

    Hmmmm, sounds alot like what the protests are about.

  3. Jacquie says:

    This story made my Thanksgiving Day a great one. Happy Thanksgiving to a bunch of truly great people.

  4. Inge Irby says:

    Scott to the rescue, we always can count on you.
    Happy Thanksgiving Day

  5. Joan von Weien says:

    These guys are truly heros to creatures who can only pay with a wag or to!

  6. Sue says:

    Sound like flying for the airlines! Good job…you probably needed a couple ILS approaches. :-))

  7. Barbara Berger says:

    This Thanksgiving Day, on behalf of all the animals that the Pilots N Paws organization has helped (and will help in the future), I would like to express my gratitude for everything that you all do! That was truly an awesome feat that everyone involved pulled off these last few days!

  8. Scott
    You did a wonderful transport We truly appreciate what you do for the animals
    18 dogs had a Happy thanksgiving thank to you I could see in Jerry aka Pee Wees’
    eyes how grateful he was He sure enjoyed his little taste of turkey
    thank you Scott we love you
    Joan and Ken

  9. Dorothy McDevitt says:

    Blessed are the merciful, for mercy shall be theirs.

    May you be ABUNDANTLY blessed for your sacrifices and patience and good cheer in saving these guys.

  10. Tammy says:

    Scott – thank you SO much for being part of this rescue effort!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!! We cannot do what we do without you!! Our crew had the best Thanksgiving ever…because of our angel in the sky!!!

  11. Staci Nye says:

    We have the little yorkie here… She is already part of the family and has stolen the heart of everyone who sees her.

    Thank you sooo much. You are doing an amazing thing!

  12. Lori says:

    Thank you for all that you do to save lives and get our four legged friends to their furever homes 🙂

  13. Robyn Urman says:

    There are no words to describe the feeling of watching these pups arrive after 14 hours in the plane!I am blessed to be a part of such selfless humans.

  14. Jill Brower says:

    If this trip doesn’t show the true meaning of Thanksgiving, nothing does. God Bless You All. Thank you for all you do for rescue.

  15. Amy Skrzymowski says:

    God Bless all of you and your families, you are truly angels on this earth. My heart is filled with so much happiness and joy after reading this incredible story. Thank you for all you do!

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