Bobby Humphreys liked big dogs. Rottweilers, to be precise. But after a 17-year-long marriage came to a devastating, abrupt end, it was a tiny dog that came to the rescue.
Bobby struggled to cope after his marriage dissolved, but a dear friend rushed to help with a diminutive sidekick in tow. “My friend, Connie, had shown me what friendship really meant,” Bobby shared, speaking to IHeartDogs. “No matter what I needed, she was there for me.”
Connie had a Chihuahua named Lady, whom Bobby had never warmed to. “She didn’t really like people,” Bobby said. “Especially men.” However, one day, Connie was moving house and needed a favor. Bobby owed her, and he knew it.
The big dog lover somewhat reluctantly agreed to take Lady in, and hoped for mutual civility at best. However, Lady shocked her incredulous dog-sitter by making a beeline for Bobby’s lap. “This dog hates everybody,” Bobby joked. “Lady and I have been literally inseparable ever since.”
As time went on, Bobby’s struggle to adjust to single life endured, but the 7-pound (approx. 3-kilogram) pup had stolen his heart. He set out to find his own Lady.
His search was fruitful and it wasn’t long before Bobby found a brown and tan dog named Kira. She was re-homed from squalid conditions, traumatized, and rather aggressive. Bobby agreed to take her in, hoping that the little dog would adjust, much like he was having to do. The sense of solidarity between man and dog had never been stronger, and Bobby’s empathy was increasing exponentially.
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As Bobby drove home, the little dog snuggled up, sensing a better future was in sight.
Bobby’s next pup, Harley, was part of an altogether different story. Discovering her on Puppy Finder, Bobby was told that Harley was from an unexpected litter. However, he was soon privy to the truth: Harley was the product of intentional inbreeding. “I started to see a pattern,” Bobby shared. “So many of these little beautiful babies are being abused or taken advantage of and I just couldn’t sit by and watch it happen.”
He returned to adopt Harley’s sister, Quinny, the very next day.
From there, the adoptions snowballed. Lucy followed, her guardian seemingly desperate to rehome her. Lucy had been found lost near a trailer park, and her previous owners had shooed her away, claiming, “I don’t want that thing, I’m done with it!” Information from neighbors and an emergency vet suggested that Lucy had been used as bait to train fighting dogs.
Lucy was injured and terrified.
One day, she bolted and ran away down a busy, unlit highway. “When I got within 5 feet of her she collapsed,” Bobby recalled, “curled up into a ball and buried her head between her legs. It was at that moment I understood what a bait dog was.”
“I froze,” he continued. “I held her so tight. The only thing this poor girl knows is survival.”
Lucy, like the rescued pups before her, had given her heartbroken owner a new lease of life and a cause worth fighting for.
Since that moment, the project in Boonsboro, Maryland, has grown. “We rescue Chihuahuas who are living horrible lives,” Bobby explained. “We give them either a furever home with us … or we nurse them back to health and adopt them out!” It may not be lucrative, but it certainly is fulfilling.
I cannot tell you how happy to be home I am! Finally, here with all my babies. It’s been an exhausting week, on the surface it seems like fitness industry and dog rescue have no connection, however big things happening for my babies and many others in the future because of what’s in the works that we have been planning and working on. I work for one of the most innovative supplement companies on the planet which is also how I love been able to help fund this up until now and because of the connection we will be changing many dogs lives in the future! For now I’m just so relieved and excited and in love with being home with my family on my island! I’ve missed you guys so much I can’t wait for a week of decompression. Be prepared for many tales from the couch LOLhttps://youtu.be/RZFZ46gyInw#sanctuarysquad #myislandofmisfits #bigguylittlesworld #rooroorocket
Posted by Big Guy, Littles World Sanctuary on Monday, March 4, 2019
Bobby chronicles his adventures on the Facebook page Big Guy, Littles World Sanctuary. An army of tiny dogs and a man on a mission? “[They] change my day for the better,” Bobby said.