One Man's Trash is Another Man's TreasureMay 21, 2021 | 10:02am
One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure
We've learned time and time again that one man's trash is another man's treasure. And this is a prime example.
If you have never been to a landfill it can be a very eye opening experience. Dump trucks, large, loud mechanical equipment and trash for as far as you can see. There are flies everywhere and the smell can be overwhelming. Landfills are a necessity, but they are definitely not a place where puppies should call "home."
I followed the foreman to the main fill site at the back of the property. When he pointed to the piece of equipment and said, "that's where the puppies have been living," I couldn't believe it. That particular piece of equipment is called a tipper. It tips large trash haulers. And all around the tipper, there were large loud bulldozers. It was dangerous and had to be absolutely terrifying for the puppies.
Originally, they said there were 3 puppies, but one had not been seen in awhile, and they didn't know what happened to her. Filled with urgency, I crawled under the tipper through trash and mud. I had to get those puppies out of danger. Way in the back, a little head peeked up. I crawled towards the tiny puppy to try to at least get a leash on her, but she knew all the escape routes and ran between the giant tires. Thankfully, the landfill workers were waiting and blocked her escape! I leashed her up and started to make my way out with her. And although this puppy in my arms was safe, my heart sank. Where was the other one?
A group of us searched everywhere, but we couldn't find the other puppy. I took this one, a little girl, back to the shelter and asked the workers to call me if they spotted any others. She was missing a lot of hair, her ears were bald and bleeding from fly bites, and we pulled about ten big ticks off her. We named this beautiful little girl Treasure, which seemed fitting. She got a bath, and we held her all afternoon as she slept. We were so thankful she was safe but, we worried about the other puppy. Was he scared all by himself tonight? It’s the ones left behind that haunt us – not knowing where they are or what happened to them.
My phone rang on my way to work the next day. I was hoping it was because the second puppy had been spotted, but I got even better news. The foreman said BOTH puppies were under that tipper! I was so thankful one wasn't all alone, and even more grateful nothing had happened to the first one they had stopped seeing.
We were there in about 10 minutes and sure enough, when I crawled under, I saw two adorable tan and black faces looking back with wide eyes. We had people in place on every side in case they tried to escape. They were small but they sure were fast. The smallest one gave us the most trouble (of course!). I had one puppy in my arms as I crawled out, and I could tell from the loud shrill squealing we had the other one! One of the workers was able to grab her as she tried to get through a gap.
These two puppies were now safe and the feeling of joy to get them out of there was amazing. We couldn't wait for them to breathe fresh air. Just like Treasure, both puppies went straight in for a bath and to have the ticks pulled off their little bodies. We named them Bootie and Gem. After all, we felt like treasure hunters today! They were reunited with their sister, and they all piled up and fell asleep instantly. This little family was SAFE! Our hearts are full and our ever-racing minds are content. At least until the next rescue!
Please sign up to give $5 a month today. It may not seem like much to you, but to Treasure, Bootie, and Gem, it's a warm bed, clean air, nutritious food, and health. To them, it's life.
While thinking of landfills and how much trash there is in the world, don't forget these things!
- We switched our laundry detergent to Earth Breeze. They are dehydrated detergent sheets and work just as well as normal detergent. By making this switch, we are cutting down on a ton of plastic waste. Try them out, they give back to animal shelters, homeless shelters, and veteran's homes! They donate to Stray Rescue, too! Give them a try.
- Redecorating your home? Don't forget about our Resale Shop, Second Chances! We'll take everything but clothes and shoes and will find new forever homes for your furniture, decorations, and once-loved household items! PLUS, we are opening our second location in Benton Park! Opening Day is May 28th!
- Right now Dierbergs is selling reusable shopping bags and donating .25 cents of each purchase to Stray Rescue!
The difference Earthbreeze detergent makes, Second Chances Resale Shop