Jarret Little and a group of mountain biking friends were riding near the woods in Columbus, Georgia – when fate intervened.
The group paused on the side of the road to regroup before completing their ride. All of a sudden, a dog limped out of the woods. “We stopped to regroup and he came out of the woods to greet us. He was really thin, ribs showing and had a lot of road rash and a broken leg,” Little told CBS News. The dog appeared to have been hit by a car and needed help.
The cyclists offered the sweet dog food and water. Little knew he needed to help the dog, but he did not have a way of transporting the dog. Then he decided he would hoist the dog on his back and carry him into town for help. He gently placed the dog’s broken leg into the back pocket of his shirt. The image of the dog riding on Little’s back has gone viral.
Once they arrived in town, a woman took immediate interest in the injured dog. Andrea Shaw was in town on business and was immediately taken by the sweet dog. “I’m saving this dog – he’s bleeding and broken and I’m not leaving him,” is what Shaw said when she called her husband right after meeting the dog. She took the dog from Little and brought him to a vet. “She decided to keep him and get him checked out medically,” Little said.
Shaw graciously paid for the surgery and repair of the dog’s broken leg and broken toe. Her immediate connection with him meant she had to take him home to live with her. She set up a transport for Columbo, he was named after the city he was found, to her horse farm in Maine.
It was meant for Shaw and Little to cross paths and rescue the injured dog. “Had I been five mins earlier or five mins later, we wouldn’t have crossed paths with her,” states Little about the fate encounter.
Columbo, known as “Bo”, arrived safely in Maine to start his new life. “Bo traveled with 25 staples in his hind leg after having four pins to put in to stabilize the fractures and a full cast on a front leg to stabilize a broken toe,” Shaw posted. She was so impressed with Grateful Doggies that transported Bo to her home. “They gave him all his meds and kept him comfy until he was back in my arms.”
Shaw made a page, The Adventures of Columbo, to keep followers updated on Bo’s progress through his eyes, and help other dogs in need. Bo is loving his new home and meeting his new siblings, especially BIG brother Luquillo. He is slowly recovering and just started physical therapy to help him walk again. He has his own “convertible”, dog crate, to rest in while his other dog siblings play. Until he is able to run again, he get to chew on delicious snacks. We wish you a speedy recovery, Bo!