HAVE DOG, WILL TRAVEL
Cynthia Hildebrand Article : PENDLETON OREGON-
Labor Day weekend is not only a worker's break from everyday activities, but also an opportunity for dog lovers to save another life.
This pass weekend Clyde, a skinny 93-pound Anatolian Shepherd mix, escaped certain death in a shelter in Reliance WY by hitching rides to the safety of a foster home in Salem OR.
The AZ based National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network (NASRN) set up Clyde's transportation.
His journey of 970 miles began Saturday with the first of 10 legs filled by volunteer drivers.
On Sunday Leslie Devine of Pendleton picked Clyde up in Baker City to bring him back and hand him over to Cynthia Hildebrand.
She drove him on to The Dalles where he was handed over to the next volunteer on his trip to Salem.
Clyde was unclaimed in the shelter in WY and then taken to a local vet clinic where he became a blood donor. The clinic staff couldn't bear to send him back to die at the shelter so they contacted NASRN in hopes of getting him into their rescue program.
A foster home was found in Salem OR so the trick was getting him there. Ten volunteers stepped up to drive Clyde across 4 states to wait in Salem for his new home.
Sunday was not the first time Devine and Hildebrand have teamed up to help a dog. In September 2007 they spearheaded a search for an escaped Chihuahua who was finally caught at EOCI.