If dogs could talk, a Staffordshire terrier named “Ladybird” would have quite the story to tell. Years ago, Ladybird lived with a homeless woman in Austin, Texas. According to Fox 7 News, Ladybird acted as a service dog to the woman, who suffered from narcolepsy and seizures. The pair were inseparable until the passing of Ladybird’s human.
Not long before she died, the woman asked two women she had befriended if they would care for her beloved dog after she was gone. The women, “Miss Jane,” and Sharon Henderson, agreed.
Plans went awry when a homeless man with bad intentions, thwarted their effort to help. The man whisked Ladybird away in the middle of the night and like that…dear Ladybird was gone.
The women who had planned on caring for Ladybird later learned that the man had taken her hundreds of miles away. Sharon Henderson, explained to Fox 7 News, “It wasn’t long before we got a call that he was in Portland, Oregon that he had hitchhiked his way whole way there, that whole trip must have been horrendous for her.”
Thanks to an embedded microchip in Ladybird, the women finally learned the fate of the stolen dog. Henderson recounted the call which led to Ladybird’s discovery, “Lady was found in Portland, Oregon wandering around the streets in traffic, she was 30 pounds. Skin and bones, a big tumor, going deaf, but they called Miss Jane, because of the microchip.”
Ladybird’s life during the three years that she was gone are believed to have been difficult – and the time shortly before she was discovered were almost unsurvivable. Henderson and Miss Jane learned that the man who stole Ladybird had died and the dog had been left to fend for herself.
By the time she was discovered, she was frail and weak. Henderson stated, “She hadn’t eaten in so long, so had no jaw muscles, her head muscles had atrophied and she couldn’t even chew, her ribs were sticking out and she couldn’t even go up two stairs without falling backwards.”
The women who had originally planned to care for Ladybird managed to find the ailing dog a foster home in Oregon – while at the foster home, Ladybird was given the care that she needed to get strong enough for a cross-country journey back to Texas.
Today Ladybird is finally back where she belongs. Henderson told Fox 7, “I want her to enjoy the rest of her life in the lap of luxury she’s never known and have a family.”
(Images/screenshots via Fox 7)