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New owner and a pilot are a dog’s best friends

Everything recently fell into place for Shelagh, a blind beagle from Pennsylvania. The cards had been stacked against her. Yet, things can change and now she has someone to love her. The new owner, Renee Langdon, of Osceola, couldn’t be happier.

Shelagh, which is Gaelic for blind, arrived on a recent Sunday afternoon at the Goshen Municipal Airport. Doesn’t seem like much can slow her down. She sniffed around, gave out kisses, snuggled and found treats in Renee’s backpack.

Yeah, she is going to be all right. The nose really works.

She was transported by Chad Miller, who is a volunteer pilot with Pilots N Paws Pet Rescue Service. Chad, who lives in Shipshewana, flew the last leg of the trip meeting a fellow transport pilot in Ohio.

Chad and his wife, Lora, signed up to participate in PNP last year and Shelagh was their second transport. “It is a way to get a chance to fly plus it helps people and pets. Get the pets to their forever homes,” Chad said. “It is nice to put flight skills to good use.”

Renee said she was looking for a special dog — a blind dog — to replace her blind St. Bernard. Barney had been abused and blinded. But he was a survivor. Renee worked and trained the dog to become a therapy dog. Renee took the dog to schools and nursing homes. Students read to him. “He was a special dog, not a special needs dog. He was very inspirational.”

Barney was put down in June at the age of 11.

Then it was time to find another special dog. From the website Road Trip Rescues, Renee saw a video of Shelagh playing happily in a yard. There was a brief description of what she had gone through. Her life wasn’t all a fun time just rolling in the grass. The website said the dog had been abandoned in the woods in eastern Pennsylvania. Lots of things were wrong including a painful eye condition.

The beagle was caught and taken to a vet. Both eyes were removed and she was spayed. The rescuer couldn’t keep her and wanted to find a good home. That was enough for Renee. She was willing to meet halfway to pick up the dog.

That’s when Pilots N Paws came into the picture. A friend suggested the website. “I went online, filled out a form and within a few hours, I was notified the dog could be transferred here,” Renee said. “It was meant to be.”

Renee expects to work on Shelagh’s training and get her to be a therapy dog, just like that fabulous Barney. “I couldn’t be happier that she is finally here. She is finally home.”

Source: https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/community/new-owner-and-a-pilot-are-a-dog-s-best/article_e509f230-a53f-58b7-bd7f-825443a216a6.html

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