A 9-year-old black Labrador named Ladybird was found tethered to a public bathroom in Destrehan’s Splash Park, Louisiana.
She had food and water by her side, and a note attached to her that said, “Be nice 2 dog – got stuck no car – be back soon – give my dog some water – be back in morning.”
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As the content of the note was reasonably incoherent, the local animal control assumed Ladybird to be abandoned and dutifully transferred her to a rescue called St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter.
But the very next morning, they received a call from the dog’s actual owner – who had indeed bicycled his way to the park to retrieve Ladybird!
The animal control guided the man to the rescue, and the workers finally learned about his heartbreaking ordeal.
In a heart to heart conversation, he explained that he had rescued Ladybird when she was 6 weeks old. The duo had spent their past 9 years as adventurers traveling across the country.
But recently, he fell upon hard times and things started going south.
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The owner was currently homeless and without a car, which is why he left Ladybird at the public bathroom to find some help.
He had planned to move to North Carolina with his dog, where he had family who was ready to help him get back on his feet.
However, he was still stuck in Louisiana as he had no means of transportation.
The workers could see that the man was genuinely worried about Ladybird and he didn’t want her to suffer in her senior years.
After much thought, they decided to help him get Ladybird to his family home in North Carolina.
The best part was that several other rescues – namely “Turning Rescues into Pets”, “GreaterGood”, and “Wings Of Rescue”, also volunteered to help!
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Watch this video till the end to see how the mammoth efforts of these amazing rescues enabled Ladybird’s happy ending.
These rescues helped Ladybird and her dad in the most compassionate and non-judgmental manner – and that’s just beautiful!
Click the video below to watch Ladybird’s journey as she finds the sweetest angels during hard times.
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All of us at the Virginia Beach SPCA are grateful to have been part of Ladybird's story, but her journey was only possible because of the kind people at St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter who were committed to getting her home. An additional thanks goes out to St. Charles Humane Society, Louisiana for raising funds for the flight, Wings of Rescue for safely delivering Ladybird to Virginia, Turning Rescues Into Pets – TRIP for providing Ladybird with pet supplies and medical care, and Salon Versace Dog Wash & Grooming for generously pampering our sweet girl.UPDATE: Ladybird is doing wonderfully with her family in North Carolina! We had quite a few questions about her human in Louisiana, and we want everyone to know that he is doing well and is so happy that Ladybird is home. Ladybird's journey to North Carolina was his plan and it was what he wanted for her, and we are happy we could help make that happen. He chose to stay in Louisiana and will join her as soon as he is ready!Any donations made through this post between now and the end of August will be split evenly between the organizations involved in this story. Thank you for your support and for helping all animals find homes.
Posted by Virginia Beach SPCA on Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!