‘Thankful’ shelter dog saved from euthanasia snuggles rescuer during car ride home


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – After coming close to being euthanized, a dog in Ohio has a new lease of life, and his look of affection and gratitude is going viral.

“The BEST Freedom Ride Picture EVER!” wrote Schenley Kirk in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 8,000 times, and shows her husband, Joe, rescuing the pup. “‘Gregory’ is one thankful and appreciative Beagle! He KNOWS he is SAFE!”

The couple runs Hound Rescue and Sanctuary, Today reported. They rescued Gregory just two days before he was scheduled to be euthanized.

Schenley told TODAY that her husband, who picked up the dog, told her, “All (Gregory) wanted to do was to be touching me and cuddling up against me (during the car ride).”

The beagle was brought to the Franklin County Dog Shelter on April 25. The shelter later discovered Gregory was heartworm positive.

After driving two hours to pick up the dog, Joe told TODAY their first meeting felt like they’d “known each other for years.”

“That is why we do what we do. That is what makes it all worthwhile, knowing that we are able to save the lives of these dogs in need,” Schenley said. “And their appreciation and the love they give back is amazing. There’s nothing better.”

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