Previously neglected rescue dog comforts a grieving stranger at the airport

When dog lover and advocate Madison Palm saw a posting on Facebook for a “free” 7-year-old Corgi, she knew she had to get the pup in a safer situation.

“I called animal control, they did nothing,” said Madison.

So she took the matter into her own hands. Madison had an early lunch at work and went straight to the address that promised the dog was “first come, first serve”.

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When she arrived, Madison was shocked by the condition of the property.

“I pulled up to a house with about 20 broken down vehicles in the yard, dogs running everywhere, and some very concerning smells,” she said.

Then, in the middle of the mess, a Corgi named Cora approached her as if he knew she was about to be saved.

“I got out of my truck and headed toward the house when I was met by a very dirty, smelly, and gentle dog with a wiggly butt. I kneeled while speaking to the woman as Cora nuzzled under my leg trying to get as close as she could to my body.”

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Madison met with the owner and learned that Cora had been born with so many litters of puppies, and her most recent had only one survivor. Although the woman was not a breeder, Madison learned that Corgi’s medical and hygienic needs were probably never met.

“I guess no one in that house ever thought Cora deserved to be spayed or spared the pain and suffering of multiple pregnancies from neighboring male dogs.”
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Madison didn’t hesitate to take the woman up on her offer of a “free” dog, rescuing Cora from the horrific situation. In addition to treating a “horrendous yeast infection” that festered in both Cora’s ears, she was planning on taking the pooch to the vet, getting her spayed, then finding  her a loving home. Madison already had a dog — a Corgi named Stu — and was able to keep him in a building that didn’t allow pets since he’s an emotional support animal (ESA).

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But when she started taking care of Cora, Madison realized that she couldn’t live without her, even if it meant moving to a new home. So she did.

The puppy has enjoyed his new life full of love for 7 months and his soft and polite personality has shone.

As a woman who found relief in her ESA Stu dog, Madison realized that Cora was also a talented comforter.

“I am currently training her to become a therapy dog because of her kind and comforting nature and the amount of joy she brings everyone she meets,” she said. “She is just naturally obedient and well behaved. If I am in a crowded place with her I can say ‘under’ and point under the table or chair and she will lay down underneath.”

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So on a recent trip from Idaho to Alaska, she had Cora along.

Between flights, they both missed the plane and ended up stuck at the airport for 6 hours.

“Cora just kind of walked around in our little seating area and said ‘hi’ to everyone who was walking by and sitting near us,” Madison said. “She was taking a snooze so I let go of her leash briefly while I relaxed and had a snack; that is when she woke up and snuck over to him.”

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The man was a fellow passenger in the waiting area, and Madison immediately got up to retrieve her pup, not wanting her to be a nuisance to the sad-looking traveler.

“I asked him if she was bothering him, and with a somber face and watery eyes, he said ‘No, no; I lost my dog last night.’”
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“He scratched behind her ears, patted her on the back and was whispering how cute she was to her.”

“He took out his phone to snap a photo and she sat directly in front of him facing him and staying perfectly still for it. She was probably with him for about 6 minutes.”

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Despite the years of suffering that Cora has suffered, she has a special talent for empathy.

“I truly think she has a gift. She knows who is hurting and she knows who needs her, I’ve never questioned that. I am blown away by her on a daily basis. Who knew a dog who was unloved for 7 1/2 years could have so much love to give?”

If you can’t get enough of this precious puppy, follow @the.corgi.cora on Instagram.

Special thanks to Madison for letting us share this exciting story!

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