Bob Hoelter wonders if some divine intervention was in action on a cold winter night in Griffith, Indiana last month. Things could have been different had he not decide to walk 2 miles to his local shop that night.
“I usually drive. But in that night, I decided I needed some exercise, “Hoelter said.
When Hoelter crossed a bridge, he heard a noise, and he stopped. Then he heard something again. It was a sad moan coming from below.
“I was looking at the water and the land, but I did not see anything … but I continued hearing things,” he said. “I went back near the water and looked around.”
The screams kept coming from a dark area under the bridge. Determined to help, Hoelter dragged himself with his hands and knees through a whole completely unaware of what he would find. All he knew was that someone needed him.
“I take my flashlight because I always carry a flashlight with me,” Hoelter said. “I got to the bottom. I finally see him!”
And there, looking at Hoelter, was a tiny little puppy, shaking with fear. But Hoelter could not believe what he noticed next: the puppy’s muzzle was covered with electrical tape.
“I was like ‘Oh, shit,'” said Hoelter.
He knew he had to act quickly. The Griffith Animal Hospital was not far off, and he hoped they were still open.
“I just covered him with my jacket, crawled back and took him to the animal hospital,” he said.
At the vet
And the moment that Hoelter walked through the door of the clinic, holding the puppy, is something the manager of Griffith Animal Hospital, Lori Kovacich, will never forget.
“I was out of my chair and in the lobby to take care of the puppy in seconds,” Kovacich told The Dodo.
Horrified, Kovacich grabbed the puppy and hurried back to the vet. She moved so fast she did not even take Hoelter’s name and number. “I guess I had tunnel vision,” she said.
Hoelter, happy that the dog was in good hands, returned to its original destination, the store.
The vet staff went to work immediately on the dog. He was so fragile and his skin was severely damaged under the tape. They think that the tape had been around his snout for days.
The vet team removed the tape and gave the antibiotic injections and ointments to the puppy. And then they set covered him up with blankets and stuffed animals.
The team later discovered that the puppy also had a broken leg, and he would need surgery. They believe someone threw him off the bridge, failed to miss the water, and the cub fell to the ground.
Kovacich, so upset about the condition of the puppy, posted on the animal hospital Facebook page:
Her post caught the attention of many local residents, including Mary Witting. She and her husband are frequent clients of the veterinary clinic.
The couple recently lost their beloved dog and vowed they would not get another one so soon – until they read about the puppy’s sad story.
“I thought, ‘That cute little face, he needs me. I can give him love 24 hours a day, and I need him, “Witting told The Dodo.
Wittings’s came to meet him, immediately fell in love and decided to adopt him. They called him Louie.
While Kovacich and the Wittings were enthusiastic about Louie’s future, the man who had saved Louie remained a mystery. Kovacich blamed herself for not getting the man’s number.
Then another incredible turn-around happened: Hoelter’s niece saw Facebook’s post about Louie and helped bring everyone together.
And on the day of the exciting reunion, the most lively participant turned out to be Louie, who recognized his hero.
“I was impressed because I did not think he would remember me,” Hoelter said. “They sat him down and he ran straight to me.”
Louie gave Hoelter lots of love.
Hoelter said he’s excited. Louie has a fantastic new house now.
But what still haunts Hoelter is what could have happened if he had driven to the store the night he found the puppy instead of walking – he would never have heard Louie’s screams for help.
He is grateful that the animal hospital was still open when he arrived, and everyone inside was willing to help. The stars seemed to be lined up.
“It makes me think that God has a purpose for us all, to be honest with you. We all have our calling.” Hoelter said. “I will walk more often, but I don’t want to find more dogs under the bridge, for sure.”
Source: The Dodo