Ma Kettle is an arthritic senior Lab who walked 30 miles to try to get home — only to be rejected by her former family once she arrived.
The dog had seen a country song”s amount of sadness already. Ma Kettle”s previous owner — who called her Lady — died in 2012, leaving her homeless. She was adopted out of the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter, in Kansas, but then given away again for not getting along with a new puppy.
She escaped her third home, and walked back to the family with the puppy, but the journey ended with her being sent back to the shelter — and then this heartbreaking Facebook post:
The story resonated online and with Rosburg, who had recently lost her senior black Labrador, Granny, said her assistant, Barbara DiCioccio.Rosburg, 65, contacted her staff to rescue the dog from the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter in Sedan, Kansas. At 4 p.m. Thursday, her assistants Chet Ragsdale and Barbara DiCioccio boarded a jet to Kansas to pick up the dog; they returned about 10 p.m.
We dont mess around here, DiCioccio said. We get things done.
“She got on the jet without problems,” he said. “She just walked up, wagging her tail fast and happy.”
UPDATE, August 5, 3:30 p.m.: Rosburg posted a photo of herself with Lady to Facebook, and it sure looks like the both of them are completely thrilled, being together:
Dog rejected after walking 30 miles to get home now gets star treatment