Last weekend, dog lovers, Wade and Mandi Shapp drove up on a sorry sight. They were returning from church when they spotted something in the road. Wade slammed on the brakes.
“We were on a country road on the way back to our house … and I looked over while I was driving, and I saw a dog’s head pop up,” Shapp, a resident of Princeton, Texas, told The Dodo. “Being out in the country, it’s common to see farm dogs out running on the road. But I noticed that he wasn’t moving, and he was in a bag. And I thought, ‘Well, that doesn’t make sense.’”
The husband and wife leaped into action. They rushed from their car to aid the poor pup: “He was tied up in a feed sack,” Shapp said. “You could tell that it was done intentionally. There was rope tied around the bottom, so he didn’t have much room to move.”
They first had to get the dog out of the sack: “We didn’t have a knife or anything to cut him out of the bag, so we had to use our car key,” Shapp said.
They next wrapped the little guy in a coat and brought him into their vehicle. The dog, whom they named Bubba was frightened and very scared. Bubba was very grateful though to be saved.
“He was definitely scared, and he shook and shivered, probably for the first four or five hours that we had him,” Shapp said. the two believe Bubba was trapped inside the sack for 24 hours, but they aren’t certain.
“He smelled pretty bad,” Shapp said. “He had urine and stuff all over him.”
The Shapp’s took Bubba back to their home where they fed him. They made up a comfortable bed for the precious pooch and bathed him. Bubba seemed to love his bath because he started to relax.
“I felt like that was a big trust thing,” Shapp said. “I think he knows that we saved him.”
The next day, Bubba went to the vet. He was in good health, but they learned though he was shot in the upper part of one of his legs.
“I don’t know how I missed it because it’s very large,” Shapp said. “There was no blood in the bag, but I think somebody definitely shot him, hoping to kill him, and that didn’t work, so they just put him in the bag and tossed him.”
For now, Bubba will stay with the Shapp’s as they foster him until he’s adopted. The Dallas DogRRR is coordinating the adoption process. His humans aren’t in any rush to be rid of him. Bubba’s getting along famously with his fellow canine companions, Isabella and Dixie.
“Bubba is one of the family members,” Shapp said. “They get along pretty well.”
He has bonded the most with Shapp; he brings him to work with him each day and the dog follows him everywhere.
“Wherever I am, he goes, wobbling around on his little legs,” Shapp said.
Bubba won’t have any trouble finding a forever home. Shapp is amazed at the dog’s resilence: “He’s a pretty brave little guy for having to go through everything that he went through … and it’s pretty amazing to me for him to put all of his trust into someone else after all of the stuff that he’s been through,” Shapp said.