The day before Labor Day, I fell and had to be taken to the hospital, leaving my dog, Justice, all alone in the house. I called a friend who collected Justice from the house and took him to her home and took care of him for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, she was planning a vacation outside of the country and I reluctantly gave her permission to surrender the dog to the animal shelter, and I thought that was it. I thought I’d never see Justice again.
I was in the hospital for a few days and was diagnosed with kidney failure and anemia. I eventually went to rehab and shuttled back and forth between there and to the hospital for dialysis and transfusions. Meanwhile, the shelter had put Justice up for adoption and I kept checking their web page to see if anyone had adopted him.
Eventually, I recovered enough to go home on October 30. I checked the shelter’s webpage and saw that Justice hadn’t been adopted yet. I gave them a call to see if I could bring him back home, and they told me “yes” and removed him from adoption. I texted my friend, who was back in town, and we made plans to pick him up on Saturday. Unfortunately, my friend, who is a nurse in an E. R., was on call and had to work all weekend. Understandable, her patients depend on her and require her first priority. However, I was very frustrated at not being able to get my dog.
Today, I took a chance on an Uber. I requested the trip to the dog shelter, then called to see if Kris, the driver, allowed pets in her car. She said, “absolutely.” I explained my story and she was eager to accompany me into the shelter to witness our reunion. She walked Justice out to her car for me (I should explain I use a walker to get around) and once home, she walked Justice into the house for me. She went above and beyond the call of duty, and I gave her a most excellent rating and a generous tip. For all the negative stories you hear about Uber drivers, there are some great ones as well.
And here’s Justice today, very happy to be back home. As am I, happy to have him back after so much time.