“The Jenny Situation”

And the plot thickens.

We were walking along and walking along and walking along, when all of a sudden a pack of barking dogs burst out of a grassy patch between corn fields. Although they made a ruckus, none of these mutts was brave enough to actually approach – except for one. An Aussie mix came running right up to us, wagging her little stump of a tail and wiggling her butt in excitement. She ran right up to Kait and licked her hand, dropped to the ground and submitted her belly for rubbings. After countless spastic barking dogs, this submissive little dog was a change of pace. Even Grace, who is notoriously short of patience for dogs who run up to us along the road, barely even reacted to this new pup. We have had a lot of strays run up to us in the last 1300 miles – but this one was different.

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We kept walking, and the little girl followed us for a couple of miles. She was all wiggles and positive energy, and she made it very clear that she was coming with us. The poor thing was dirty, malnourished, and completely covered in ticks. She was collarless. We had no doubt that she was not being looked after, or she wouldn’t have been in such rough shape. After a brief debate and a search for some rope, we leashed her and kept walking.

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she picked up leash manners quickly

Before we started the walk, Kait had talked about fostering a rescue dog and training them along the trail so that they could be adopted out. Up to this point, we hadn’t felt able to take on the added responsibility of another dog – but this one chose us. We do a lot of pet therapy work, but we had been searching for a way to advocate for rescue animals, and here she was.

As we were walking and thinking about what to do with her, her name popped into my head.

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“Her name is Jenny.” It was the most beautiful name I could think of.

We made it to the main square of Corydon, and introduced Slater to our new trail friend. We decided that if she was going to come with us, we needed to get her to a vet and get her up to dateΒ  on vaccines. As we were talking, a woman walked up and said she had seen us on the news. She offered us a donation, and when we told her about Jenny she recommended the Corydon Veterinary Clinic.

We jumped in the car to drive her up to the vet north of town. They also function as the atea’s shelter, so if anyone had been looking for her they would know. When we arrived, they were waiting for us with paperwork ready to go. Apparently, the woman we had met in the square had called ahead and told the vet to bill her for everything Jenny needed. Tracy White, I wish we could thank you. Kait held back tears as we went through the checkup. DVM Carrie Byerly took excellent care of her, and told us that with all of the ticks and worms she wouldn’t have lasted much longer without us. She got treated for her many ticks, and the little monsters started to fall off almost immediately. We grabbed her a collar and leash on the way out, and we were back on the road.

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the pack

Carrie offered us her yard to camp in that night, and her husband Nate even cooked us dinner. Jenny spent her first night in the vestibule of our tent, and she curled right up and slept.

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she knows how to breaktime

She has now been with us for five days, and she is doing an amazing job. She has a very well-balanced temperament, she’s full of affection, and she is showing amazing adaptability to our ever-changing situation. She even tagged along to a therapy visit in Leon – we had planned for Slater to babysit Brown Dog and Jenny outside, but the staff old us to bring them all in with or without verifications. She is bug-free and clean, and ready for anything. Kait thinks she would make an amazing working dog – therapy, search and rescue, maybe even a guide dog.

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she is a professional cuddler

Jenny has definitely charmed us – she’s the kind of dog you don’t come across very often. Now we just have to find her the right home.

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…If we can let her go.

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26 Responses to “The Jenny Situation”

  1. linda says:

    you will not be able to let her go she is in love with you all and god bless you for helping her out and yes and angel bring her to you for a reson stay safe and god be with all of you

  2. Kerstin says:

    She was sent to you for a reason!! God works his magic in all different ways. πŸ™‚ She will either stay with you or that right person will be there one day and it will be obvious!!
    You guys are doing a great job!!

  3. Lacie says:

    What a beautiful little girl πŸ™‚ She certainly is the luckiest to have run into you guys!

  4. Justen says:

    All too often people choose the dog they would like to join their family, but to have a dog choose you while on your trek is something truly magical. I hope you keep her as I look forward to meeting the amazing dog that chose two amazing people.

  5. Gail Pigion says:

    Reading this blog brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for being the wonderful and sensitive people you are.

  6. Sally says:

    walking along and walking along and walking along…all of a sudden! must have been meant to be. Good luck with her training and finding her a nice home. You should have gotten some TV coverage! She looks very sweet

  7. James says:

    Lovely story, good work peeps πŸ™‚

  8. Saleem says:

    “Walking along and walking along…. and Boom, there is Jenny”……… sounds like a daddy story. Jenny looks like a sweet loving creature. Love you all!

  9. John T Jurkiewicz says:

    Isn’t it amazing how the universe gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it!!!

    • stephanie says:

      Huge DITTO…she found you because, whether you knew it or not, you needed each other. She is BEAUTIFUL and so are you guys~

  10. eileen says:

    She knew good people when she saw them. Good Job! Carry On!

  11. After walking the country together, I think it will be impossible to let her go. The bond you will have created will be huge. Not to mention, even if you found somebody to adopt her after walking the next few hundred miles her bond with YOU will be strong and it would be traumatic for her to hand her over to somebody else. She picked you and loves you, after all!

    Good luck with your new love. It looks like she fits right into the pack!

  12. Cathleen B says:

    Everyone is right. Too often a human choses a dog, but a bond is more special when that dog choses their human. I always say. “Animals are a good judge of character” and appearently Miss.Jenny there choose right. She will make an excellent dog for your pack-unless you are able to let go.

  13. Mary Lou says:

    This post really brought tears to my eyes. Not sure you all realize how amazing you are.. Jenny is beautiful and she most definitely chose YOU! I secretly hope you decide not to part with her, but if you do, I know she will go to the best home possible. No matter what happens, her life and yours are changed forever.

    The continuing generosity of people you meet along the way make up for the actions of the “Christian” man you encountered early on. Good does outweigh the bad, it just does not make the news..
    God bless you both.

  14. Beth Szelog says:

    Will have to learn not to read this blog during work. Thank God I have an office so I can close the door and cry. What a beautiful story. Jenny knew caring people when she saw them. She chose you. Maybe she wanted to walk across America, too. Maybe Jenny will decide for herself where she wants to go to next. But I hope she stays with you. πŸ™‚

  15. leanna says:

    awesome, just awesome!!

  16. I love this story. We have an Aussie mix and she is an amazing dog. Aussie’s are very gentle and kind and very smart. We rescued our Aussie “Missy” and her sister “Zoie” from a snow storm. Zoie is now on a ranch and is a valuable herding dog. She picked it up in a matter of weeks. I’m so glad you found Jenny.

  17. Mike says:

    If you end up bringing her all the way to SF, I would consider adopting ol’ Jenny…

  18. Carrie Byerly says:

    You guys really touched me. You did a wonderful thing taking her in. I loved getting to know all three of you and feel privelidged to be a part of your journey. Take care of yourselves and God bless.

    • Kait says:

      Carrie, we can’t thank you enough for your kindness and generocity. Jenny is doing incredibly well. What a special lady. The longer we have her, the harder it will be to give her up. Sending you both our best. Please keep in touch!

  19. meciacrutcher says:

    Sooooo look forward to your continuing adventure! Love reading about Miss Jenny! What a story! Hope Jenny gets to KY with you! Hopefully there will be times of sharing with your Pawsabilities Unleashed members! What a story you will have to tell! Get started on a book ASAP!!! Hugs to all and God bless you!

  20. Rebecca says:

    Another teary-eyed fan…… I think she chose you for a reason also and that you are probably meant to keep her. If you MUST part with her on your way home, we may consider an addition in Dayton. πŸ™‚ Keep safe and cool!

  21. Kathleen and April White says:

    Jenny knew just what to do. She is lovely and your story has tears flowing down my cheek. Now, Brown Dog? I will have to rummage in your back articles to see if I can find the origins of this dog. Keep well. Try to be cool. It is dreadful on east coast.
    The Whites

    • Kait says:

      Hello Queenstonians! Jenny has us by the hearts too. She’s quite a special lady. Old Brown Dog belongs to Jon Slater, our friend who is driving the support car. She’s the co- pilot.

  22. Mom says:

    Happy Birthday Jenny!!

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