“He would barely move until the train was almost there.”
Every day, Suzette Hall receives messages about stray dogs in and around Irvine, California. She knew she had to act when she read an urgent plea about a dog thrown from a car onto the railroad tracks.
The black Lab mix refused to leave the last location where he’d seen his owners. Despite the dangers of the train tracks, he lay down and waited where they had left him. Even though he was hungry, he didn’t go looking for food for fear that his family would come looking for him.
“They always wait when they’re dumped because they’re so loyal and they think the person will return,” Hall explained to The Dodo. “I was terrified that he’d be hit by a train… The woman who first noticed him said he didn’t move until the train was almost there.”
When Hall arrived at the train tracks, she discovered the dog exactly where the Good Samaritan had predicted. “At first, he got up and started running, but I threw chicken at him and he stopped,” Hall explained. “He was terrified and hesitant.”
Hall set up a trap with chicken and hot dogs inside and went into hiding to avoid frightening the dog. She was concerned that it would take some time for him to risk going after the food.
“Sometimes it feels like I’m watching paint dry when I’m trapping a dog because it can take a long time,” Hall said. “I’ve been known to sleep in my car to save a dog because I never give up.”
The abandoned dog, on the other hand, was so hungry that when she returned a few minutes later, he was securely in the trap. Hall named the dog Soldier and took him to her veterinarian right away.
Soldier has been relaxing at Camino Pet Hospital while Hall searches for him a loving foster home. The sweet pup is receiving medicated baths and plenty of food there, and has even begun wagging his tail while being pet by the vet techs.
Thanks to Hall, the loyal dog will be adopted by a new family who will cherish him as a faithful companion and provide him with the life he deserves. Soldier is willing to wait if it takes some time.