Dog Left at Train Station With Suitcase Finds His Forever Home

Last month, we told you about the Shar-Pei mix who was found abandoned at a Scotland train station, tied to a railing. He had a suitcase. In that suitcase was all his stuff: a pillow, a toy, a bowl, and food.

It was heartbreaking. It was cruel. It was maddening. It was also adorable, and it made for an incredible picture:

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Hearts melted, and Kai became a celebrity is short order. People compared him to Paddington Bear, who happened to have a major motion picture in theaters that very moment. 

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But the story of how a dog came to be waiting for the G train like an advertising exec popping off to the country for the weekend was, indeed, a sad one: Kai was the victim of a botched sale. A ne'er-do-well listed a dog on the UK's Gumtree classifieds site, then did a bait and switch when a woman showed up to look at the dog at the train station. Kai wasn't the dog in the ad. The woman, Fin Rayner, still gave the dog a shot and said she would take him for a walk, and the man asked for a deposit. 

Rayner agreed, and the man left, never to be seen again. Rayner didn't want the dog -- so she left, too, though after telling a train worker that she was leaving the dog. 

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Kai ended up at the Scottish SPCA, which released that iconic photo, and that's when Kai's life forever changed. The organization was “overwhelmed” by offers of new homes for Kai, according to Alan Grant, senior animal care assistant, from places as far away as New York, Los Angeles, France, Spain, and the Philippines. The SPCA had a big job on its hands. 

"It was really important for us to select an owner who wanted Kai for all the right reasons and had really thought through their decision to take on a rescue dog," Grant said.  

And that owner, after a lengthy search, is now Ian Russell, 52, a self-employed hydraulic engineer from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire. 

"It feels like fate that I've been able to rehome Kai, and I'm not usually a believer in things like that. I'm over the moon and very shocked that I was chosen out of everyone who wanted him," he said. 

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"My Dalmatian named Mica passed away just before Christmas, and I was left heartbroken," he said. "I had her for 15 years, and she was the apple of my eye."

Russell was picked, in part, because he wanted what was best for Kai -- he called the SPCA and simply asked if there was any way he could help the dog. He told them that he would like to adopt the dog, but if staff thought another dog would suit him better, he would take their advice. 

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That was what the SPCA wanted to hear. Russell found out he would be Kai's new dad in early February. He hopes Kai will accompany him around Scotland while he works.  

"I work all over Scotland, mainly outdoors, driving wherever I'm needed in my van. Kai will come with me, and when it's appropriate I'll let him out to run around and play safely while I work. Then we'll jump back into the van together and head to the next place. We'll be able to hang out all the time.”

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"We know Kai will have a fantastic new life with Ian and we couldn't be happier for him," said Grant.

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Minimalism

I’m part of a group on flickr that gets a challenge every 2 weeks… This time around the challenge is minimalism.  So off Coulee, Marlin and I went to the university where there is a pretty cool sculpture thing I thought we could use.  It is nothing like what I normally shoot, but I quite like it!

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Dogs in poor shape are quite frequent in Sri Lanka and remain an unfamiliar sight to visitors from europe where such animals will be taken care in some way o…

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Candy Pee and Me: How Big Pharma Seduced Me at NAVC

It’s been entirely too long since I’ve posted, and for that I apologize. I’ve been terribly busy responding to nastygrams depositing my checks from Big Pet Food sneering at plebians going to a continuing education conference this past week, and what a week it was.

Like many of you, I read the Indy Star’s expose about the loose strings of pharmaceutical companies (or, in internet conspiracy parlance, Big Pharma) at continuing education conferences such as the one I was going to attend, and also like many of you, I was surprised. And excited. I had no idea this was what I had to look forward to! I thought I was just plunking down a couple grand in fees, airfare, and hotel for a measly week of polishing my science know-how, and here’s this whole seedy underbelly of riches I had no idea existed.

I arrived in Orlando for the North American Veterinary Community Conference with 16,000 of my closest friends energized, ready to be plied with jewels, cash, and cars. Kind of like The Price is Right, but with drugs.

In the past, I’ve wandered the exhibit hall for a breather in between talks, taking a peek at the new products on the market. Sometimes the companies would give us candy, or pens- enough to get us to stop by and familiarize ourselves with the product, but not enough to justify actually changing how we practice medicine. I would have done it anyway. Because becoming familiar with new products is, you know, what we’re supposed to do.

I wanted to start my day with one of the storied free food lectures, hoping to begin my morning with roasted pheasant and perhaps a fluffy souffle. Then I learned you had to get up at 6:30 and the most they could guarantee was that the food was “hot,” so I passed and had a Kind bar instead.

"All we need is cantaloupe and these vets won't know what hit them."

“All we need is cantaloupe and these vets won’t know what hit them.”

After a few am lectures about respiratory distress, where the speaker (and every other one at NAVC) carefully informed us about their financial ties- or lack thereof- to the topics of their talk, I hit the exhibit hall in search of fortune.

Somewhere past the forceps booth and to the left of the lasers, a long line started to snake through the aisles and out into the halls. Whatever they were giving away, that had to be good.

“Excuse me,” I said to the woman at the end of the line. “Is this where they’re handing out free cars?”

“No,” she said. “This line is for Build-a-Bear.”

“This huge line is for Build-a-Bear?” I asked somewhat incredulously. The three men in front of her turned around and to a one muttered something about little girls at home. It’s cool, guys. Everyone likes Build-a-Bear.

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“Where’s the contest where everyone wins something?” I asked, and they directed me over to the east hall, where a bored looking woman instructed me to spin a ‘wheel of parasites.’ I won a chapstick with a picture of a tapeworm on it.

As I continued to wander, I heard some grumbling from around a corner, where four people were congregated around a woman clutching a big bag. “Where’d you get that?” they asked her, and she pointed to another long line snaking through the hall.

“Is that the jewelry line?” I asked.

“No,” they said. “This is for the stuffed Olaf.”

“Like Olaf from Frozen?” I asked.

“Yes,” a woman replied, “but you have to be careful. They’re really hard to get. You have to go through a screening process.”

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“What sort of screening process?” I asked.

“No one knows,” she said. “All I know is that they keep turning people away who don’t own practices. I think they sell some sort of financial services. It might involve an application and a credit report.”

“I’ve tried three times for an Olaf,” said another woman. “They’re not very nice about it.”

“Isn’t Frozen kind of old news anyway?” I asked, but that was apparently not the right question to ask.

Dispirited, I walked into the booth of a large pharmaceutical company. “If I listen to your spiel,” I asked, “What do I get?”

“Information,” the rep said, pulling out a sheaf of papers.

“No car?” I asked, disappointed. “Or a trip somewhere?”

She dug into her pocket and pulled out some mints. “I have these,” she said, then brightened. “Or a pen! Do you want a pen?”

“I’m OK,” I said. “I think I just need something to drink.”

“They have coffee over by that pet food display,” she said. “I think the line’s down to 15 minutes.”

By this time, the line for the Build-a-Bear had disappeared, and in exchange for giving a journal my email address, I was presented with a small, naked bear.

“We’re having a contest tomorrow for some scrubs,” the booth person said.

“For me?” I asked. “Or the bear?’

“For the bear.”

After an hour or so of this, my tally of freebies was as follows:

-One naked bear

-A bedazzled lanyard

-chapstick

– 15 pens

-one urine container filled with yellow candy (this was actually my favorite)

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“Why do you think these lines for all these freebies are so long, do you suppose?” I asked my friend Kristen. “Are we that hard up for stuff we’d wait for half an hour just for a chance to win a free ipad?”

“You’re veterinarians,” she said. “Of course you are.” Touche.

After a long day of lectures and wandering, I had worked up an appetite, so I set out in search of the free feasts. I searched every corner of the hotel, and couldn’t find a single one. I realized everyone must have gone to the free rock concert instead.

“Free concert?” I said, intrigued. Maybe there was some credence to this Indy Star thing after all! “Who’d they get? Dave Grohl? Bruno Mars?”

There was a long pause as my friend flipped through the conference brochure. “38 Special,” she said.

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“38 Special?” I replied. “Are those guys still alive?”

“Apparently.” Pause. “My dad’s gonna be so jealous. He almost took a cruise with them last year.”

Hungry and alone, I went to my room at 10 pm and decided to order room service. After 15 minutes on hold, I placed an order for a Cobb salad and was told it would be an hour and a half, because shutting ourselves in our rooms alone with our papers is apparently a popular choice for veterinarians. I’m so predictable.

 

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Jane Wiedlin, Gina Schock Help Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

As members of the ground-breaking all-girl group The Go-Go’s they’ve performed on stages around the world, and on February 6th Jane Wiedlin and Gina Schock will band together with fellow…



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No More

It was no choice
That set this course

Astep, astride
The road abides

And through its length
I cried,

‘Oh beauty burns
Your trail etern.

The silence of your roar
That swept me neath

No more. No more.’

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YBD’s Notes1:  The west coast walk was long and hard, harder than any stretch of the road we’ve been on before.  But the much bigger lesson here is we’re in this together if we have a ghost of a chance to eradicate cancer in us and our companions in our lifetime, puppy up damnit

YBD’s Notes2:  Happy XMAS
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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God Said | Dog Quote Poster

This poster is available at Rover99.com – God said, I need somebody strong enough to pull sleds and find bombs yet gentle enough to love babies and lead the blind. Somebody who will spend all day on a couch with a resting head and supportive eyes to lift the spirits of a broken heart. So God made a dog.

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Deflategate Scandal Spreads to an Animal Shelter in New York

Deflategate is no longer a problem only for officials at Super Bowl XLIX. Or, for that matter the ref in Puppy Bowl XI.

The controversy hit Westchester County in New York this week, as evidenced in this clever video released by the Westchester SPCA.

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“Oscar the running back” plays with a deflated football, leading to an investigation (Courtesy Westchester SPCA)

As reported by Kitty McGee, the SPCA’s football team, The Adoptables, is apparently under investigation for playing with deflated footballs. The evidence is laid bare –- using the scientific testing method of a prodding finger –- and the suspects are not talking, especially Dutch the quarterback, who was downright Marshawn Lynch-esque in his refusal to answer reporters’ questions.

But the most mischievous offender was Hootie the cat, who uses stealthy methods to pin the blame on a teammate.

While the New England Patriots’ debate continues, there’s no doubting the effect on the footballs in Westchester: They’re perfect for playing the snow!

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About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for MLB.com and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top).


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Keeping Your Dog Bed Clean with a Kurgo Duvet

OK, let’s just say it like it is: dogs can be dirty. And this time of year, when snow, slush, and rain can mean muddy paws, some of that dirt can wind up on your dog’s bed. And winter…



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