Sometimes, a little bit of faith is all you need.
When Ladybird, a senior black Lab, ended up in a park bathroom in Destrehan, Louisiana, she didn’t lose her hope. Her owner, who, at the time, was in a very difficult situation, left her there temporarily with a heartbreaking note.
It didn’t take long for this sweet doggo girl to be found by kind rescuers, but what she got that day was so much more than a simple rescue.
This is her story!
The reason why Ladybird ended up in a public bathroom was heartbreaking. She and her owner spent 9 amazing years together, traveling the country and living side by side inseparably since she was six weeks old.
Every time the road got weary, the two would return to their home in North Carolina. They would spend some time there with the family, and then embark on another journey together.
This time, however, things went south when Ladybird’s owner ended up being homeless in Louisiana.
He has been living in a shelter, trying to save as much money as possible, so he and the dog could travel back to North Carolina.
The two got stuck without a car and roof above their head, so he decided to leave Ladybird overnight in a bathroom.
He left a note, saying that he would be back in the morning, and begged anyone who finds Ladybird to be nice to her. He even left some water in case the dog needed it.
The next morning, the owner arrived at the spot where he left his dog, but she wasn’t around anymore. He immediately contacted animal control, who told him that Ladybird was sent to St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter.
When this kind group of rescuers learned Ladybird and her owner’s full story, they decided to help.
Despite the fact that their case wasn’t ordinary, the team felt the urge to provide assistance to this loyal duo who stood by each other for so many years.
They managed to get in contact with Virginia Beach SPCA and transfer Ladybird there. This amazing team took the dog in, and they made sure she got a nice bath and a day of pampering at the local spa.
When she was done with the treatment, the team rewarded her with a tasty pupachino for being such a good girl.
Once Ladybird’s story went public, a group of pet organizations stepped in and decided to contribute and help her get back home safely.
They raised funds for the flight home and provided Ladybird with medical care and pet supplies. Eventually, this sweet girl arrived at her family home in North Carolina, where she had the sweetest reunion with her grandma.
The two were over the moon to meet each other again after so much time.
Her owner got in touch with his dog’s rescuers later, updating them on his and Ladybird’s situation.
“Ladybird is doing wonderfully with her family in North Carolina! We had quite a few questions about her human in Louisiana, and we want everyone to know that he is doing well and is so happy that Ladybird is home,” the VBSPCA team wrote on Facebook.
After all the hardship the two had been through, they were finally able to get back to their normal life – all thanks to a group of giant-hearted people driven by nothing but pure love for animals!