On Netflix: New England Rescue Dog Almost Put Down Adopted by Police and Then Saves a Boy’s Life
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This is the story of Ruby, who couldn't get adopted and was often returned after being adopted because she was a handful...that is, until she became a police dog.
Rescue dogs are heroes to all of us who have them. You've heard the saying that we don't save a rescue dog's life, but rather they save ours.
My Great Pyrenees/Australian Shepard Mix rescue, Willy, is my lifesaver as most pets are. Shelter dogs themselves are special in their own right, as we dog-lovers know. I mean, most have experienced abandonment and other forms of trauma, or can't find a forever home.
This Netflix movie, if you haven't seen it yet, is about this adorable, spirited German Shepard in Rhode Island who was adopted and returned five times. Yes, FIVE TIMES. She went on to save a little boy's life.
Rescued By Ruby tells the story of Ruby's 2011 journey from unadoptable and almost euthanized, to meeting shelter volunteer Patricia Inman, whose passionate dedication to working with Ruby prevented her from being put down.
Ruby was eventually taken in by Rhode Island State Trooper-now-Corporal Dan O'Neil, who trained Ruby to become a Rhode Island Police K9.
According to Corporal O'Neil, years after he adopted her, dispatch received a missing boy call in 2018. 36 hours later when they couldn't find the boy, Ruby was called in and found him deep in the woods severely injured because of a fall. Now, get out your tissues for happy tears because guess who the missing boy's mom is? Patricia Inman, the volunteer from Ruby's shelter. I mean, are you kidding me? You cannot make this stuff up!
Here's a trailer for the Netflix movie.
Here are two more stories about Ruby's actual rescue.
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