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petehowell
12-29-2009, 06:43 PM
Things are a bit slow around the office, so when the call came in asking if I could help transport a boxer from Indy to Minne, it was an easy YES. If the weather was good, I could swing it. The Boxer ladies had coordinated a 2 hop flight from Eagle Creek Airpark to Minne to help out the saddest case I have seen yet, Sully. Allegedly, Sully was caught in the middle of a fight between a married couple that were not getting along. One spouse left and the other took it out on the dog by not feeding him for several weeks.

Here is how he looked when they first got him. It was touch and go to see if he would make it thru the night.
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPaMo2h8I/AAAAAAAALsg/sXnv7CKiTYM/s800/sully%201.jpg

Hard to ignore that one. He is emaciated beyond belief.

WX stunk on Monday, so we scrubbed, but Tuesday was beautiful. Mike out of KEYE and I agreed to meet at 1:30 at Aurora, IL to exchange the pooch. The flight down was great - Approach cleared me into the bravo right up to 7500 for the trip down. That's Minne - way down there....
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPa9peXkI/AAAAAAAALss/LQVmkIXArLU/s800/Sully%20Transport%20002.jpg

Yep, it is cold down there. Comfy in the cockpit with the sun on me, tho. Past Winona, this is over the Mighty Mississippi just north of Lacrosse, WI. The bluffs are on the Cheesehead side of the river.
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPewdwkbI/AAAAAAAALtc/cc6QbDT81A8/s800/Sully%20Transport%20018.jpg

Mississippi south of Lacrosse...
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPgN-w3LI/AAAAAAAALto/EWPaMI47pio/s800/Sully%20Transport%20025.jpg

Ice chunks in the Rock River over Rockford.....
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPiS4j3VI/AAAAAAAALuA/p1EuEOI9Glg/s800/Sully%20Transport%20035.jpg

10mi SE of Rockford, Approach turned me loose and I descended to land on an ice covered runway at KARR. The nice people at Lumanair allowed us to bring Sully in to warm up. I met Mike and Sully, paid for my gas, and we were off. Given some food, this will be a gentle giant of a dog.
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPi9x0fJI/AAAAAAAALuE/CHJj6GUElQE/s800/Sully%20Transport%20039.jpg

Very good natured, he put his head on my lap as soon as the O-320 started purring:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPkNcBisI/AAAAAAAALuY/VYkPx5Lao5c/s800/Sully%20Transport%20048.jpg

The only way to fly!
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPnZfoPWI/AAAAAAAALvI/qH2s1eM8Z4Y/s800/Sully%20Transport%20069.jpg

The trip home was very quiet at 6500. The winds had dissipated, so we made pretty good time. I dropped Sully off at Red Wing to meet his foster family. They will fix him up real quick and find a permanent family for him.
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPsFryGtI/AAAAAAAALwE/hxrIxmyKVMo/s800/Sully%20Transport%20093.jpg

I departed Red Wing and hustled home to Anoka to beat the sunset and and the chill it brings on.........
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPstv0wEI/AAAAAAAALwM/Gk5FnTtPYbE/s800/Sully%20Transport%20095.jpg

It was a great trip! I brought the IPod Touch along and it worked really well while working with ATC. My son uploaded the latest EP(the Open Door (http://www.deathcabforcutie.com/releases/details/66/the_open_door_e.p./)) from Deathcab for Cutie the other day. Don't tell him, but I really, really enjoyed it. A little JT, REM, Springsteen and Jimmy Buffett rounded out the playlist.

I gotta tell ya, a sunny afternoon over the frozen Midwest with a Boxer head snoring in your lap, while singing along to the iPod is about as good as it gets!

RickWoodall
12-29-2009, 06:53 PM
Your a good man Peter. Glad there are good people out there willing to volunteer time and skills...makes up for all loooooooooosers that treat a great animal like that. Amazing that a human being could treat a creature like that.

Happy Holidays and Thanks for doing what you do.;)

Danny7
12-29-2009, 07:05 PM
First off Pete- good for you to keep helping out, moreso with cases like this.


I'm surprised he is being moved around like that, i'd think the local DA would like to prosecute for neglect on something like that, and they usually keep the animals around as "evidence".

maybe the couple relinquished him and its on the hush- hush, but people shouldn't be allowed to do that without a little punishment in my opinion.

edit to add- I've actually been accused of neglect, and the legal part is not something i think anyone should go through, without good reason. looking at the hips/ pelvis and ribs, i think there is very good reason to bring charges. i wouldn't be surprised if someone "rescued" him with part of the deal of voluntary relinquishment that LEO aren't involved so its hard on the boxer rescue folks, but something like that should get someone a serious legal talking to.

petehowell
12-29-2009, 07:20 PM
Loading the Cherokee at EYE. Mike and Tara
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqthVIZr_I/AAAAAAAALxI/E8D7J-0LXBM/s800/Tara%20and%20Mike%20Help%20Sully%20in%20Plane.jpg

Unloading at Red Wing
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/Szq1SXhBkYI/AAAAAAAALxc/_SABQUkqE6g/s800/007.JPG

New Friends!
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/Szq1hMxMqTI/AAAAAAAALyA/rXCS5aU40a0/s800/027.JPG

Skating rink back at the home Aerodrome. Pushing the bird in was quite fun....
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPs9cIdFI/AAAAAAAALwQ/iaSe2OMHurw/s800/Sully%20Transport%20097.jpg

Picasa Collage!
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/Szq6j4EHygI/AAAAAAAALyk/45CZ3C4hoNs/s800/Sully%20Rescue.jpg


See all the pics here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/fly.rv9A/SullyRescue#

petehowell
12-29-2009, 07:22 PM
Danny - No idea on the how the rescue group handled the legal issue, but what he went thru certainly appears criminal.

First off Pete- good for you to keep helping out, moreso with cases like this.


I'm surprised he is being moved around like that, i'd think the local DA would like to prosecute for neglect on something like that, and they usually keep the animals around as "evidence".

maybe the couple relinquished him and its on the hush- hush, but people shouldn't be allowed to do that without a little punishment in my opinion.

edit to add- I've actually been accused of neglect, and the legal part is not something i think anyone should go through, without good reason. looking at the hips/ pelvis and ribs, i think there is very good reason to bring charges. i wouldn't be surprised if someone "rescued" him with part of the deal of voluntary relinquishment that LEO aren't involved so its hard on the boxer rescue folks, but something like that should get someone a serious legal talking to.

Captain_John
12-29-2009, 07:23 PM
Pete, you are doing a great service there!

It is beyond me how anyone could neglect such a wonderful creature as a Sully! (or any pet for that matter)

I am very happy for Sully and know that he will now be taken care of in the way that I take care of my dogs!

Great work and a greater post!

:) CJ

LuisR
12-29-2009, 07:24 PM
Wow, what a great story. Hope I can find ways to volunteer my time and skills with the airplane when I'm done.....in 1.....3.....5.....10.....or 20 years. :D

roadrunner20
12-29-2009, 07:46 PM
There's an organization out there sort of like Angel Flight for Dogs that has these missions to relocate dogs. Unlike Angel Flight, they do allow experimentals. I'm looking into doing some missions.

http://www.pilotsnpaws.org/

trg 854G
12-29-2009, 08:02 PM
Thanks Dan. :)

LettersFromFlyoverCountry
12-29-2009, 08:40 PM
Well done, Pete. Well done. Your decency is inspirational.

n5lp
12-29-2009, 08:48 PM
Pete good work.

OK, you are a pilot, so you had to ask the question too. Does the dog's name have anything to do with the illustrious aviator? I'm guessing the dog is a little too old and that if you did ask, you didn't get the answer. Still, it is an unusual name?

G Swartley
12-29-2009, 08:48 PM
Pete,

WOW! I can't wait untill my 9 is done so I too can do some good things for Pups.

Great Job & Great Inspiration.

Thanks Pete

petehowell
12-29-2009, 09:04 PM
Pete good work.

OK, you are a pilot, so you had to ask the question too. Does the dog's name have anything to do with the illustrious aviator? I'm guessing the dog is a little too old and that if you did ask, you didn't get the answer. Still, it is an unusual name?

Larry I did ask.......

I just got this in my email:

NTRODUCING SULLY, THE 200TH DOG RESCUED IN 2009 BY MN BOXER RESCUE
Sully, a starved and abused 2 year old boxer boy, arrived in rescue today


December 29, 2009 -- Woodbury, MN -- Minnesota Boxer Rescue (www.mnboxerrescue.org), a 501C3 non-profit animal rescue organization focusing on the boxer breed, is pleased to announce their 200th rescued dog this year. Sully, a two year old male fawn boxer, was surrendered last week to a pet day care center, so frail and sick from being starved and abused for who knows how long, that he couldn't even walk. He received emergency care until he was strong enough to enter our rescue and arrive at his new foster home.

Arriving at a local twin cities airport with "Pilot Pete" from Pilots 'n Paws around 3:15pm on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, Sully, named by our volunteers, was met with hugs and kisses from Valerie Current, Minnesota Boxer Rescue?s president, and Stephanie Hansen, Sully's new foster mom. Pilots 'n Paws (www.pilotsnpaws.org) is a non-profit organization bringing together pilots willing to donate their time and personal aircraft, and animal rescues like Minnesota Boxer Rescue. The organization transports animals to their new homes, and have been a great help in making a difference in an animals life.

"Sully is extra special to us here at Minnesota Boxer Rescue for many reasons", stated Valerie Current, president of the rescue. "His name represents the heroic efforts of Capt. C.B. Sullenberger (aka "Sully") when he landed the plane in the Hudson River earlier this year, saving many lives. While our Sully hasn't been that kind of hero, his story -- one of abuse -- has had an affect on everyone who has met him. Even after being abused and starved, he was willing to forgive and trust his new caregivers with wags of his tail and kisses. Who else besides an animal could have that much love and forgiveness inside them?"

Sully's starvation and mistreatment came at the hand of an abusive husband, getting back at his wife for taking the children and leaving. While we don't know the details, we do know that Sully is now in great hands. Stephanie Hansen, Sully's foster mom, plans on nursing him back to health and showering him with love: "For the past couple of days Sully has been on a diet of boiled chicken. That is all his stomach will allow, having been without food for so long. We plan on feeding him many small meals and then adding rice as he can handle it. When I first met him I wanted to cry at his condition. But he wouldn't allow me to, showering my face with kisses instead. He needs to gain at least 25 pounds before he is at a weight that is healthy for him. We will definitely take good care of him now."

If you are interested in adopting a boxer from rescue, please visit www.mnboxerrescue.org for more details. Sully won't be available for adoption for many months, but there are so many others out there that need a loving home, too.

About Minnesota Boxer Rescue: Minnesota Boxer Rescue was established in 2006 and has grown by leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings. We are proud to announce the rescue of 200 boxers this year! The main goal of our organization is an all-volunteer effort to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned Boxer dogs. When boxers are in need, Minnesota Boxer Rescue?s dedicated volunteers respond. Our mission includes hands-on rescue, as well as education. Many of our beautiful boxers have had a very ?ruff? start, for various reasons. We have dedicated ourselves to helping as many of these dogs as we possibly can.

About The Boxer Breed: The Boxer's most notable characteristic is their desire for human affection. Their spirited attitude, square jaw, and cleanly muscled body suggest the well-conditioned middleweight athlete of dogdom. The Boxer is happiest when they are with people...especially children!

Their short smooth coat, handsome chiseled head, and striking silhouette never fail to excite comments from passersby as they trot jauntily by your side with neck arched and tail held erect. Yet the Boxers' greatest wish is to be with children, watching protectively over their play. They are truly a "dog for all seasons," suiting the need for household guardian, attractive companion, children's playmate, and loyal friend.

Boxers are the #3 breed in Minnesota for 2009.

For further information contact:
Rebecca Hauptman, marketing and public relations volunteer, MN Boxer Rescue
510-501-0247
rhauptman@hotmail.com
or
Karen Niznik, Intake Coordinator, MN Boxer Rescue
763-221-5880
nizniqueboxers@yahoo.com

bsacks05
12-29-2009, 09:17 PM
Keep it up Pete! I'm looking to fly my third dog before the work grind starts anew.

Dogs make great passengers!

hydroguy2
12-29-2009, 11:49 PM
I place my vote: Pete Howell, RV'r of the Year.

Good Job, Sir

Duhg
12-30-2009, 04:29 AM
Had to show my wife the pictures as well. .. She called the dogs in to see so they'd be grateful for what they have. You're doing a great thing Pete.

pierre smith
12-30-2009, 05:14 AM
.....I just know there are a few more stars accumulating in your crown.

Thanks much,

BrentHumphreys
12-30-2009, 05:20 AM
Thanks Pete.

I too call my wife in to see your posts. When our RV is done we hope to get involved.

dmaib
12-30-2009, 06:52 AM
Mary and I signed up for PilotsnPaws a few weeks ago after reading Pete's write ups. We are eagerly awaiting our first trip. Thanks Pete!

Happy New Year to all.

RV7Guy
12-30-2009, 06:54 AM
Pete, thanks so much for the work you do and these stories. I'm now looking into the program to see if I can help. My work schedule gives me lots of extra time that could hopefully benefit such a program.

I must admit the Sully story was difficult to read and see the pictures. I teared up looking at that beautiful defenseless dog. Just 5 minutes with the guy who did this:eek:

This appears to be the most dire case you've posted. Can you update with Sully's condition in the future?

Thanks again for your hard work and posting the stories.

cjensen
12-30-2009, 07:54 AM
Fantastic Pete! FANTASTIC!! I'm with Darwin on how I read the story...there's too many useless people in this world...probably wouldn't take five minutes.

I've been a member of PnP for most of '09 just watching the stories, and waiting for the day that my 7 is done so I can jump in and run as many pups as I'm able to do.

For all that are involved in animal transport, KEEP THE POSTS COMING! :cool::cool:

dmaib
12-30-2009, 08:45 AM
I'll tell you what Pete, the photo labeled "the only way to fly" (3rd from last in your original post) is the best! What a face! That one should be entered in to a photo contest somewhere.:)

petehowell
12-30-2009, 09:54 AM
From the foster family:

Good morning everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that Sully did absolutely wonderful his first night. I've already fallen in love with him. He and I snuggled all night together and he even whined aroud 2:00am when he had to go potty outside. He tends to go out, go pee and then want to come right back in. We'll have to work on that since he has had a couple of #2 accidents inside. But...can you blame the poor guy? He's been through **** and doesn't have an ounce of fat on his body to keep him warm! He is eating wonderfully. Audrey did get him changed over to kibble before he arrived, but I am still mixing in some cut up boiled chicken breasts I had ready for him. He chows down! I am feeding him about every 3 hours during the day for now. He's taking his meds from the vet right with his food and doesn't even know the difference. He woke up this morning, yawned a big ol' boxer yawn and then "talked" and "talked!" It was the cutest thing
ever! He just blabbed and blabbed and you could tell he was smiling inside! Not failing this foster (and keeping him) is going to be the hardest thing ever to do.....we'll see how it goes, but I'm already finding myself falling in love with him! :-) They are all getting along GREAT and I'm sure Frisbee and Sully will be best buds in no time! Anyways, we have a vet appointment this afternoon at 4 and I have my fingers crossed that everything goes well! Thank you everyone for all the support...I am trying to keep up my best at getting back to everyone! I have donations coming in from multiple people via website or giving me checks made out to MNBR and I cannot thank them enough! Hopefully they keep rolling in! Everyone have a great day and I'll be sure to give Sully and big ol' hug and kiss from all of you! He's a VERY tall boy and will be HUGE once he's filled out!

nucleus
12-30-2009, 11:30 AM
I grew up with Boxers, they are a wonderful breed. Very calm, very loving and they don't really bark much at all. It broke my heart to see one so emaciated, glad he is in good hands now.

Hans

jetjok
12-30-2009, 01:49 PM
I must admit, that Darwin was not alone in his tears as he read "Sully's" story. Even though I knew that there would be a happy ending once Sully was in Pete's RV, I could not temper my anger and sadness with the ordeal that this poor soul endured.
I join those who are of the opinion that crimes such as this should carry a huge price including a lengthy jail sentence and hefty fine. However, I do support amnesty to those who surrender their animal to a qualified organization. Without amnesty, many of abused animals would never be given a chance to find a home and would likely be dumped or as we saw with Sully, left to die an agonizing death. Having said that, I fully support prosecution to the fullest extent of the law (which are not harsh enough...i.e that piece of human garbage that plays backup for the Eagles) for anyone who is caught by the authorities abusing or neglecting animals.
My wife and I are supporters of the CA West Highland Terrier Rescue, and once I have my plane(s) back to flying, I am hoping to be able to do some transport. There are many ways that one can make a difference for homeless and abused animals, and we encourage everyone to do what they can whether it be financially, volunteering to foster, transport, etc.

davestapa
12-30-2009, 04:09 PM
Great job Pete. I too would like to "explain" to this guy how to treat a trusting animal, but looks like I would have to stand in line. I volunteer for Atlanta Boxer Rescue, (www.atlantaboxerrescue.org). I hope you don't mind ,but I have been forwarding links of your rescues on to ABR. My brother and my RV-9A is in the paint shop now and when we get it flying I have already told ABR I'm available for any aerial transport they need.

David Estapa
Woodstock, GA
RV-9A N97KE (flying soon)
Kitfox 5 N97DE (grounded-engine out into a bean field)

petehowell
12-30-2009, 04:38 PM
From the foster family

Hello everyone! One more update for the day! Great news for Sully! He had his appointment at the vet clinic this afternoon and everything went great! They are treating him a little longer for the coccidia and for the giardia, but all in all....great news! His lungs sound great, heart sounds great and our instructions were to finish out his meds and give him tons of TLC....now that won't be a problem! The vet clinic absolutely thought he was beautiful and VERY sweet! They also said that he was the worst case they had ever seen, but were very glad that he was able to be saved......

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/Szq1n4uDMmI/AAAAAAAALyM/U-px-MvtAd0/s800/041.JPG

jetjok
12-30-2009, 06:10 PM
From the foster family

Hello everyone! One more update for the day! Great news for Sully! He had his appointment at the vet clinic this afternoon and everything went great! They are treating him a little longer for the coccidia and for the giardia, but all in all....great news! His lungs sound great, heart sounds great and our instructions were to finish out his meds and give him tons of TLC....now that won't be a problem! The vet clinic absolutely thought he was beautiful and VERY sweet! They also said that he was the worst case they had ever seen, but were very glad that he was able to be saved......



Great news, Pete! Please do keep us posted. When the day comes that Sully finds a good home, we need to assure that he arrives wearing a VAF bandanna!

jetjok
12-30-2009, 06:14 PM
.....My brother and my RV-9A is in the paint shop now and when we get it flying

David Estapa
Woodstock, GA
RV-9A N97KE (flying soon)
Kitfox 5 N97DE (grounded-engine out into a bean field)

David...I just have to ask! What is the color scheme for painting your brother?!
Even though we are both in our 50's, I have a little brother that I still owe some payback for our younger years!

Dale F. Field
12-30-2009, 06:59 PM
Way to go Pete.
Dale

roadrunner20
12-30-2009, 07:43 PM
Mary and I signed up for PilotsnPaws a few weeks ago after reading Pete's write ups. We are eagerly awaiting our first trip. Thanks Pete!

Happy New Year to all.

Hi Dave,
Nice meeting you and your wife last week.
I signed up earlier this week.
Looking for a mission now.

lostpilot28
12-30-2009, 08:14 PM
Pete, great job. :)

aarvig
12-30-2009, 08:32 PM
The only way to fly!
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPnZfoPWI/AAAAAAAALvI/qH2s1eM8Z4Y/s800/Sully%20Transport%20069.jpg

I absolutely love this picture. That is one content, happy doggie. I bet he hasn't been that content and happy for a long time. Pete, you have a big heart and I admire your generosity. Seeing Sully's pictures actually got me choked up...I can't believe anyone could ever hurt a pooch like that. After the owners get a divorce, throw the responsible one in the slammer.

petehowell
12-30-2009, 10:13 PM
I think this pic might just be the Benadryl talkin'.....but it is one of my faves, too!

The only way to fly!
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPnZfoPWI/AAAAAAAALvI/qH2s1eM8Z4Y/s800/Sully%20Transport%20069.jpg

I absolutely love this picture. That is one content, happy doggie. I bet he hasn't been that content and happy for a long time. Pete, you have a big heart and I admire your generosity. Seeing Sully's pictures actually got me choked up...I can't believe anyone could ever hurt a pooch like that. After the owners get a divorce, throw the responsible one in the slammer.

petehowell
12-30-2009, 10:16 PM
I'll tell you what Pete, the photo labeled "the only way to fly" (3rd from last in your original post) is the best! What a face! That one should be entered in to a photo contest somewhere.:)

I threw this one to Avweb's Pic O' the Week along with the story. We'll see how we do.......

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/SzqPlowBwGI/AAAAAAAALuw/Q8m87PbmT_8/s800/Sully%20Transport%20058.jpg

tinman
12-31-2009, 05:13 AM
Pete,
Thanks for taking on this worthy cause. Our family has adopted a retired racing Greyhound and often wonder how he was treated back in his day...
He acts afraid of everything. After three years in a loving home, he is finally starting to act like what you would expect a "normal" dog to act. There is no doubt in my mind that he was treated poorly. The racing Greys are used up on the track and are pulled as soon as their times start slipping. Once they are pulled, they are either quickly adopted, or they are killed by their masters. They make great pets and are quite sedate until they have their daily "mad minute" where they relive their racing glory in the backyard. It is amazing to watch him open up the throttle, and his cornering ability is awesome.
They don't bark, they don't eat much and they are so lazy that they make you want to take a nap...adopt a Grey!

islandmonkey
12-31-2009, 08:25 AM
Pete,
----- They make great pets and are quite sedate until they have their daily "mad minute" where they relive their racing glory in the backyard. It is amazing to watch him open up the throttle, and his cornering ability is awesome.
They don't bark, they don't eat much and they are so lazy that they make you want to take a nap...adopt a Grey!

Here is a link to a photo album of my greyhounds Windy and Snoopy:

http://windy-snoopy.inselaffe.com/#home

Click on the big image to view.

Stogie 6
12-31-2009, 09:33 AM
Pete,
Thanks for taking on this worthy cause....
They don't bark, they don't eat much and they are so lazy that they make you want to take a nap...adopt a Grey!

I will second that about greythounds! I have 2 (had 3, but she got old and passed on). I am thinking about offering my services to the Midsouth Greyhound Adoption Option folks and see if I can get a greyhound in the back of a Cherokee! They do fold up nice and small to be such a big hound dog

petehowell
12-31-2009, 03:20 PM
From the foster family:

I think he is gonna be just fine.......

Video here..... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiLB9mKzlMA)

bweiss
12-31-2009, 03:23 PM
Pete,
What a wonderful rescue mission and selfless activity on your part. I agree with the other comments about the criminal way that some people act. Thankfully there are people like you and the rescue mission that helps make things right. Looking forward to being your wingman on future flights.

The skiing is awesome in Steamboat. Stephen lost his wallet and government issued ID today. Lots of excitement.

cjensen
12-31-2009, 03:53 PM
That is absolutley priceless!!! Awesome!

pierre smith
01-01-2010, 07:03 AM
....just thinking what our RV's can accomplish:)

That, and genuine guys like Pete.

Blessed, Happy New Year,

dabney
01-01-2010, 12:13 PM
I couple days ago I read PeteHowell's story about flying the very emaciated Boxer to a new home and better life. I was captivated by the plight of the dog and his chance for recovery thanks to Howell and his trusty RV airplane. I checked the website for the group PilotsnPaws and noticed a rescued dog needed transportation in my home state California. I got excited about helping another of "man's best friend" start a new life.

I contacted the rescue organization in San Diego requesting the transportation for the dog and discovered the dog was a 12 year old, 120 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback that had been abandoned!! Clearly too big for the front, back, or front and back of my RV6A. Fortunately, the owner of the company I fly for part time has a helicopter, loves dogs and flying, and was ready to go.

December 31st in Southern California was possibly the most beautiful flying day of the year. (Watch the Rose parade or Rose Bowl and you will see what I mean) From altitude you could see 120 miles from San Diego to Los Angeles, the offshore islands fifty miles away looked like they were ten miles away.

The gentle Rhodesian Ridgeback "Cooper" was 120 pounds and took up the whole back seat of the Bell Jet Ranger but once we figured out how to get him in, he seemed to enjoy the flight and a few snacks enroute to his new home and expectant new parents near Van Nuys airport including a fly-by of the Hollywood sign.

Flying Young Eagles is always satisfying and enjoyable and this flight was the same. That PilotsnPaws organization looks like a good opportunity for the RV pilot community to help out with some of their transportation needs.

I have some pictures of "cooper" flying I will post when I figure out how to do that.

selhardt
01-01-2010, 01:32 PM
What a funny video of Sully!

I have had 3 boxers in my life - Peanut grew up with our boys and was probably the finest dog I have ever known. She would talk like Sully if you looked at her and said "mama". She managed to say "mama" a couple of times over the years!

We now have boxer sisters - Sophie and Daisy, said I'd never have another dog after Peanut... Went to look and came home with 2!

I have a tremendous soft spot for this breed and it is GREAT to see Sully with his 2 possessions in the world - new collar and new blanket and in a warm and kind place!

Thanks for the update Pete.

davestapa
01-01-2010, 02:40 PM
David...I just have to ask! What is the color scheme for painting your brother?!
Even though we are both in our 50's, I have a little brother that I still owe some payback for our younger years!
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Mark, The color scheme for my brother is green (because he is financing the project), but it might clash with the red, white, and blue of the airplane. :)

David Estapa
Woodstock, GA
RV-9A N97KE (Flying Soon)
Kitfox 5 N97DE (Grounded engine out into a bean field)

petehowell
01-03-2010, 05:41 PM
Once again, I think he will do just fine......

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_W7zU7QoQxyg/S0E2-fwvIaI/AAAAAAAAH4M/DPZ_zY9SU4s/s800/003.JPG

petehowell
01-18-2010, 08:18 AM
Sully continues to thrive!

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/S1R6Y2VSU2I/AAAAAAAAMEE/YiCb1NHeJc4/s800/007-2.JPG

Doug Lewis
01-18-2010, 08:47 AM
What a great group of buddies. Thats awesome.

petehowell
02-04-2010, 02:04 PM
From the Foster Family:

Hello everyone! It breaks my heart to have to tell you all this, but I had an appointment for Sully yesterday afternoon, as he was still in pain, still limping and still not eating the greatest...not good news!!! It appears, but has to be confirmed yet that Sully has bone cancer, which appears to have spread to his lungs. Normally the treatment would be to amputate his leg that is cancerous, but in his case since it has spread, they would nota amputate and he would have about 5 months. There is a small chance that it COULD BE a fungal disease, but they are leaning more towards cancer. We are getting a urine sample today to send off the the University of Indiana, as the U of M does not test for that and Blasto (fungal disease) is not common at all in Minnesota. They could do the bone biopsy, but with Sully not being very healthy yet, it would not be a good idea and wouldn't be safe for him. I'm an emotional wreck!!! He does not deserve this! He's been through enough!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I had better news....I should know the results the beginning of next week....I will let you all know ASAP once I hear anything!

Louise Hose
02-04-2010, 03:26 PM
He's been through a lot. Let's hope he beats the odds.

Doug Lewis
02-04-2010, 04:40 PM
Aww Pete, such sad news for Sully, and his new family. It's good to know that he couldn't be in better hands.

cjensen
04-06-2010, 08:03 AM
So glad to hear Sully is doing well, and that the foster family decided to adopt!!!! SIMPLY AWESOME!!

:cool::cool::cool:

Sid Lambert
04-06-2010, 08:21 AM
So glad to hear Sully is doing well, and that the foster family decided to adopt!!!! SIMPLY AWESOME!!

:cool::cool::cool:

Chad, did you read Pete's last post about Sully or is there good news the forum doesn't know about yet?

cjensen
04-06-2010, 08:30 AM
Just read it on the VAF home page this morning...:)

Sid Lambert
04-06-2010, 08:49 AM
Ahh, I'm confused then. Pete's post on 2-4-10 says Sully may have inoperable bone cancer but the MN Boxer's page says he is doing fine as of 1-10-10.

I just about cry every time I see his sad face.

Danny7
04-06-2010, 02:23 PM
Bone cancer in dogs is a real difficulty. if it has spread to his lungs i don't know why they are worrying about the fungal disease, it is a very low chance it was a fungal disease before it spread to the lungs and i don't know that the fungal disease will spread to the lungs therefore it is bone cancer. A biopsy can be very invasive and damaging. With lung infection by the cancer about the best you can reasonably do is treat for pain until it is to pain or difficulty breathing, then euthanize. the odds are really against the dog in these cases, especially since it is traveled to the lungs already.

thanks pete for help giving this dog a good last bit

petehowell
04-06-2010, 06:11 PM
Hello Pete!!!! How long do you have???? haha....Sully is doing BEYOND WONDERFUL!!! He is a completely different dog from what you have seen. He IS cancer free and is being treated for Blastomycosis, a fungal disease. It was in his leg where they thought the cancer was and had spread to his lungs, ribs, shoulder (which became VERY swollen) and then to the back of his skull.

Luckily we found that out just in the knick of time because had we of let it go any longer, it very easily could have spread to his brain and it would have been untreatable and irreversable! We started him on a VERY expensive and aggresive treatment with Itriconozle, a human grade prescription he takes once a day. He has now been on treatment for a month and a half and will go in next Wednesday for updated x-rays to monitor his lesions.

The last appointment we had showed that the lesions on the back of his skull were COMPLETELY gone and the others were very much improving....AND....he had gained 17 pounds!!! He has since gotten even bigger and looks absolutely wonderful!!! He runs and jumps around, spins in circles in the air and bucks around like a little puppy!!! He is one of the funniest boxer boys ever and we are SOOO happy he's become part of our family!!! He drags Frisbee around the house with toys and has his own spot on the couch that he refuses to share!!! ;-)

I have attached 2 pictures of him. The first one with the toy was one I took yesterday because he hasn't let that new toy out of his site since he got it. I come home on my lunch daily and yesterday, I came home to him tossing to me because he wanted to play fetch so bad.

We will get the total weight gain next Wednesday at his appointment, but I would say he's gained about 20 pounds or so and still probably has about 15-20 to go. Keep in mind....he ONLY weighed 40.8 pounds the day he arrived to me. :-) Thanks you again to you Pete and Mike for taking time out of your busy schedules and money out of your pocket to transport him here....he is doing absolutely wonderful!!!! :-)

Thanks,

Steph

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/S7vKXQZshzI/AAAAAAAANrk/FtrLeFskhBI/s800/0404100815.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/S7vKXWZYIyI/AAAAAAAANro/GpamKsSh0dE/s800/Sully%20chair.jpg

cjensen
04-06-2010, 06:27 PM
FANTASTIC!!!!! Pete...is there any way we can set up a fund for the family to help with medical expenses for Sully??? If they need/want help that is...

Michael White
04-06-2010, 06:31 PM
Fantastic news, Pete. Thanks for the update and pictures!

Doug,
We need to get Sully a VAF scarf or dog sweater or maybe a VAF "dog tag" to wear. Any chance of working something like that up?

petehowell
04-06-2010, 07:05 PM
FANTASTIC!!!!! Pete...is there any way we can set up a fund for the family to help with medical expenses for Sully??? If they need/want help that is...

Go the homepage and click the paypal link. Add a note that it is for Sully. There is an address for checks, too.

http://www.mnboxerrescue.rescuegroups.org/

PO Box 25773
Woodbury, MN 55125

cjensen
04-06-2010, 07:20 PM
Cool...thanks Pete!

Danny7
04-06-2010, 07:39 PM
Well shucks, i can't think of a time more recently that i have been happier to be wrong! how exciting for his new family, it must be a tremendous relief to know he doesn't have the bone cancer.

attaboy Sully!

DitoLiberato
04-09-2010, 02:17 PM
Hey everyone,

I?ve just learned about Sully?s story today, after taking the front page link to this thread. Read all of it from the beginning. Cryed, laugh, than cryed again and than, thankx god, had that most rewarding " final laugh ". In my country (Brazil), abandoned and/or abused pets, specially dogs, are a major problem. Because of our so called "greater" social issues, batches of abandoned ones can easyly be seen in our streets. Pete?s actions are a great inspiration to stand up and do something. I?m the proud "father" of a 3 yo Schnauzer and a 2 yo rottweiller called Toro, and I see much of him in Sully.
From the medical point (I?m a pediatrician), both bone cancer and Blasto can be considered opportunistic diseases secondary to the imunodeficiency caused by his severe malnourishment (not sure about my english on this one), and I honestly couldn?t pick the worst one, since invasive fungal infection is a major cause of death in the imunodepressed. His victory is being achieved by his new "parents" unconditional love and care and, according to my beliefs, to this giant "love net" that Pete started with his actions and this thread.
Keep on fellas!!!
Regards

petehowell
06-01-2010, 07:47 AM
Good morning everyone! Sorry I didn't get the results out to everyone yesterday afternoon after his appointment, but.......GREAT NEWS!!!! Dr. Scanlon did some x-rays and Sully is free of treatment. The blastomycosis is 95% gone and he's doing wonderful!!! As Darren and Hayley seen last night, he sure has a lot of energy and just wants to play, play, play! ;-) We will be watching him very closely for about 6-8 weeks, making sure that he doesn't take any steps backwards, but do have some left over itraconozole left in case of an emergency. Otherwise....again, he's doing great....pics to come soon!!! Thank you everyone for your support with him over the past few months.....VERY much appreciated!!! I've been waiting to send this email since last December when he first arrived in my home. He's definitely a success story and finally has the good health and energy a 2 year old boxer should! :-)

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kjRkTkBhhwk/TAUO6hLaKGI/AAAAAAAAOOY/uOf0LmKTxQA/s800/sully.jpg

Thanks,

Steph Hansen
MN Boxer Rescue
Have a little wiggle room? Adopt a boxer!
www.mnboxerrescue.org (http://www.mnboxerrescue.org)

cjensen
06-01-2010, 07:49 AM
Oh my gosh this is AWESOME!! Thanks for the update! Fantastic!

Sid Lambert
06-01-2010, 08:07 AM
I agree. Thanks for the update Pete. The last one was rather bleak.

This made my day! What a handsome gentlemen he is.

WAM120RV
06-01-2010, 09:05 AM
Hi

Yes this is great news, I had a tear in my eye reading this story, I really hope the people hwo were so cruel to him were prosecuted and banned from having dogs again.

There is no excuse for such behavior, I used to love locking up offenders who were abusive/ violent towards people or animals before I retired from the police.

One small point he is a great looking dog now.......... but handsome no, come on he's a boxer with cropped ears, he's that loveable sort of ugly.:D

petehowell
06-01-2010, 09:11 AM
As the owner of 2 Boxies - I can't agree more! So ugly they are cute....


One small point he is a great looking dog now.......... but handsome no, come on he's a boxer with cropped ears, he's that loveable sort of ugly.:D

pierre smith
06-01-2010, 02:04 PM
Woohoo...a different animal...shiny coat and you can't count his ribs anymore!!

Heartwarming indeed,

Best,

petehowell
01-25-2011, 05:07 PM
Quick update on Sully.....with pics.....from his permanent family.....

Sully is on his last day of itraconozole today and we are going to try and keep him off of that for a while. He had a re-occurance of the blastomycosis a few months ago when he started limping. His leg/forearm remain fluid filled for the time being, but the bone continues to improve. Dr. Scanlon said that we could go in and remove/drain the fluid, but with Sully's extremely low immune system, he hates to go "digging around in there." For now, no limping for almost 3 months now and he's one happy boy....spoiled and loving his daily PB sandwich....with or without meds! ;)

Sully is soon to be the subject of a story in the upcoming Pilots n' Paws book, Dog Is My Copilot (http://pilotsnpaws.org/2010/09/pilots-n-paws-book-coming-2011/), too!!! Thanks to everyone that donated and sent wishes to Sully....


Sully then.......:mad:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_W7zU7QoQxyg/S0E2q-gjAqI/AAAAAAAAHy8/tSb7m3Rc07o/s800/sully%201.jpg

Sully now.......:D
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_W7zU7QoQxyg/TT9hnZKdbpI/AAAAAAAAJa0/04ieq6XNNd4/s800/0807101946.jpg

Ron Lee
01-25-2011, 06:16 PM
What an amzing recovery.

And in the classic...give me tummy scratchies pose.

cjensen
01-26-2011, 08:38 AM
Thanks for the update Pete! Keep 'em coming!:cool:

pierre smith
01-26-2011, 08:46 AM
....Pete...and I think the whole crowd on here has secretly adopted him:)

Thanks,

HURMANAV8R
01-26-2011, 08:48 AM
PnP is how I found my Best Buddy.

I was moving him up the east coast and he decided to adopt me over the Outer Banks, he is now named Obbie.

He was 40 LBs underweight when I got him and he had sever stomach issues, now, BIG, happy, and the stomach is doing better.

He is more at home now, he is a Chesapeake Bay Retreiver, and his first trip to the water was a blast, now when its warm he joiins me in the pool.

Thanks to PNP I have my best friend, and I found PNP through VAF, not a bad combo....

Michael White
01-26-2011, 10:15 AM
....Pete...and I think the whole crowd on here has secretly adopted him:)

Thanks,

Pierre,
I don't think there's any secret to it. I think all of us on VAF were hooked the moment Pete first told us about him.

Pete,
Thanks for the update. Moondog may be the official VAF mascot, but Sully truely does have a special place in our hearts.

rv7boy
01-26-2011, 12:34 PM
...for making us aware of Pilots 'n Paws way back when. Sully's story is truly remarkable and very touching.

N200PF
01-26-2011, 11:28 PM
Beautiful Pete!!! ...just wonderful!

- PJ