Three years and 2,000 miles later a dog named Ladybird is finally back where she belongs.
The Staffordshire Terrier had been trained as a service dog and helped a woman who suffered from narcolepsy and seizures. Ladybird was always by her side, helping out in every way possible. The dog even stuck by her side when the woman’s illnesses became too much and she became homeless after losing her job.
Ladybird was a service dog that stuck by her owner’s side no matter what.
The woman spent her days on the street asking people for money, all while Ladybird was by her side. Sharon Henderson, one of two women who took particular interest in Ladybird and her owner, said she made sure that the dog visited the vet on a regular basis.
“Miss Jane and I fell in love with both the owner and her dog,” Henderson told FOX7 Austin. “Separately we made sure she got to the vet and got her food and groceries and stuff.”
They also made sure that Ladybird had a microchip and that it was properly registered.
The two women took care of Ladybird for the woman.
As Ladybird’s owner realized she was running out of time she informed Henderson and Miss Jane that she wished for the two of them to take care of Ladybird when she passed. They were happy to fulfill her wish; however, the woman’s ex-boyfriend reportedly took Ladybird before Henderson or Miss Jane arrived.
After the woman’s death, Miss Jane came across the woman’s ex-boyfriend and saw him with the dog. She attempted to get the dog back, but the man wouldn’t give her up. Shortly after he left town.
The woman wanted Ladybird to be cared for by people she trusted, instead someone stole her.
Eventually they learned the man traveled to Portland, Oregon, roughly 2,000 miles away from where they were in Austin, Texas. It seemed like Ladybird would never make it back home, but about a month ago Miss Jane received a phone call with good news.
Miss Jane told FOX7 Austin that the dog had been found wandering in traffic in Portland, Oregon. She was in horrible shape, but they called Miss Jane because of Ladybird’s microchip.
Foster care and medical treatment was quickly arranged for Ladybird. Since she was discovered she underwent two surgeries to remove her spleen, which was cancerous, and a benign tumor on her backside.
Once Ladybird had been treated it was time to reunite with Henderson and Miss Jane.
With the help of a friend, Ladybird made the journey back to Austin from Portland where two women anxiously awaited her arrival.
“I want her to enjoy the rest of her life in the lap of luxury she’s never known and have a family,” Henderson said. And it looks like that’s exactly what Ladybird will get.