GREENSBORO, N.C. — One of two rescued dogs who got a first-class private jet ride last week for some much needed orthopedic surgery returned home Wednesday to a new family.
“It was totally a surprise,” said 10-year-old Lawson Rhodes and his 7-year-old sister Emmy, who didn’t know they were getting a dog until they arrived at PTI Wednesday with their parents Chris and Claire Rhodes. “We were told we were going to our dads work party,” said Emmy.
Second chances for the two rescue dogs came thanks to Dr. David Crouch, a volunteer and pilot with Pilots N Paws, a volunteer nonprofit, that helps transport adoptable rescued animals. Dr. Crouch, a surgeon with Western Carolina Veterinary Surgery in Asheville, also volunteered his services.
“We are not only saving their lives but giving this little puppy a chance at a home,” said Crouch. “These two adorable children, the smiles on their faces and waging tail of a puppy makes it all worth it.”
Crouch picked up Mulligan, a 22-month-old black Lab and Eli, a 6-month old Toy Poodle last week transporting them to his clinic. Eli was rescued from an animal hoarding case in Rockingham County and suffers from Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease. Mulligan was given up by her owner to be euthanized after falling off a deck and breaking two legs. Both were rescued by Finding Great Homes Rescue in Greensboro who reached out to Pilots N Paws for help.
Eli is going home with the Rhodes.
Eli is expected to make a full recovery quickly, while Mulligan will have at least eight weeks of recovery ahead.