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Injured Kelowna dog searching for deceased owner gets help on public transit

Shadow, an injured Kelowna dog, used the #11 bus to try and find his owner who had died recently.
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March 31, 2016 - 5:41 PM

 "HE ACTUALLY GOT ON THE RIGHT BUS."

KELOWNA – An injured dog that appears to have been walking for miles to find an owner he'll never find may have inadvertently found a new pack among Kelowna's bus drivers. 

The dog, a husky mix, was standing in the middle of the road at the corner of Craig and McCurdy Roads at around 6:30 a.m. today, March 31, when Kelowna transit driver Clayton Bouchard rolled up.

Supervisor Bill Harding says Bouchard wasn’t sure what to do at first. The dog appeared to be injured, with bandages on his front paws and a cone around his neck.

“Our driver stopped his bus to let the dog cross the street but the dog wouldn’t move,” Harding says. “So he opened the door to go and try to get the dog off to the side of the road.”

But before Bouchard could debus to help, the dog jumped in through the open door and curled up at his feet.

“He just refused to leave,” Harding says.

Kelowna bus driver Clayton Bouchard and Shadow, an injured dog that boarded his #11 bus Thursday morning.
Kelowna bus driver Clayton Bouchard and Shadow, an injured dog that boarded his #11 bus Thursday morning.
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Since the dog was obviously injured, Bouchard called supervisor Bob Hebert to come pick him up so he could finish his shift.

Hebert first took the dog to their office where they removed the bandages and cleaned him up. They gave him food and some of the drivers shared their lunches with him. Then they noticed the tag that identified him as Shadow.

Hebert had to call several vet clinics before he found one who knew Shadow. Fairfield Animal Clinic told Hebert that he had recently been adopted by a new family after his owner died.

“We got the dog back to the vet and they’re going to look after him until he gets a new home,” Hebert says. “He has cuts on his feet and it looked like he had been walking quite a while. We were very happy he didn’t get hit by a car and chose a transit bus where he was safe."

Hebert says three employees, including the supervisor who drove Shadow to the vet, are hoping to adopt him.

“He’s a beautiful dog. He just didn’t want to stay at his new home I guess. He’s obviously smart because we found out he came from Creekside and that’s where our driver was headed that morning," Hebert laughs. "He actually got on the right bus.”

Shadow spent the morning resting with his rescuers at Kelowna Transit.
Shadow spent the morning resting with his rescuers at Kelowna Transit.
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