GALLIPOLIS — A 15-year-old Gallia County dog was recently returned to his owner after being left in the care of the Gallia County Canine Shelter when his owners went into medical care.
Dusty, often referred to by shelter workers as “Grandpa,” gathered a bit of a surly reputation with shelter workers as he stayed in their care. Either he liked them or hated them, Dusty was a no-nonsense dog and let a person know exactly how he felt about them in a short amount of time. He either quietly accepted his treats and a pet or barked a person to attention.
According to Gallia County dog warden Laurie Cardillo, Dusty came into the shelter June 29.
“He’s the sole survivor of his litter. All the rest of them have already died,” Cardillo said. She said it is uncommon for a dog to reach 15 years of age. “His previous owners both went to a nursing home and that’s how ‘Grandpa’ came to stay with us.”
Cardillo said that Dusty was better off with his original owner than at the shelter. She had been told by “senior services that Dusty’s owner was bound and determined to have his dog back when he got out (of medical care).”
According to Cardillo, Dusty belongs to a man named Gerald Campbell. His daughter, Bonnie Campbell, first contacted the shelter about Dusty’s condition.
“She called us (Bonnie) Friday and said that (Gerald) he was moving into his apartment. She wasn’t even going to tell him. She wanted to surprise him,” Cardillo said.
The dog warden said they delivered Dusty to Bonnie’s home Friday evening.
“We brought him a homecoming bag full of all different kinds of treats, and a water and food pan. He was sliding around on the leather seat in the back of the truck,” Cardillo said. “By the time we got him out, he had his head buried in the bag. He was after something that was in the very bottom of the bag. He really likes his treats. We gave him some of those rawhide chews. There is a certain kind that’s hollow in the middle and he really likes those. Everybody thought he couldn’t chew through those. Like heck he couldn’t.”
Cardillo said Dusty had a “very yeah, yeah” attitude. He could be temperamental, but if he was given a treat it “was on” and he warmed up to the treat giver.
“He didn’t get overly excited about anything, but I’m sure that he was glad to get back home,” she said.
Shelter workers said they were pleased with the return of Dusty to his family because animals his age are difficult to place in homes as few individuals wish to invest resources into caring for the potential medical issues arising from an older animal.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.