You have to always be ready for a dog to show up in your life. I’ve learned that driving a back-country road when a dog hopped out in front of my car, wagging his tail.
That seems to be the case of Shannon Ackerman when she was filling up for gas one day in Missouri City, Texas. The ironic part is that Shannon had just rescued a different dog along with her two husky puppies. That’s when she received a big, wet surprise.
Shannon talked to The Dodo and said:
“As soon as I started pumping gas, I felt something lick me on the back of my knee, which scared me.
When I looked down, this sweet, sad German shepherd, who appeared to have just had a litter, was looking up at me with a look on her face like, ‘Can you please help me?”
Shannon looked around the gas station and yelled to see if anyone had misplaced their doggo. Shannon told the Dodo though, “Of course, nobody said anything.”
She also spoke to the gas station owner who said that he saw someone dump the dog and speed away before anyone could say anything. The German Shepard who was eventually named Mercy, was crying while Shannon was trying to figure out what to do.
“It just broke my heart” – Shannon Ackerman
Shannon had to figure some solution out since she couldn’t take Mercy in her car due to the other doggos inside. So she thought quickly and headed back to where she originally rescued her last pups. There she spoke to Whitney Hartman who was another independent dog rescuer and told her about Mercy at the gas station.
Hartman said, “She told me there was a German shepherd mom in the [gas station] parking lot, whining and trying to get into her car. Of course, I couldn’t leave her there, so I drove over.”
Once Whitney opened her car door, Mercy jumped right in. She was just happy to have someone that wanted her around!
Mercy had no microchip so they couldn’t track the owner who abandoned poor Mercy. Hartman went onto say, “She was so sweet and smart. She kept nudging my hand to get love.”
Whitney took Mercy back to her house to feed her and clean her up a little. The next day she took Mercy to a foster home with a rescue group, Sauver Des Chiens, who specialize in German Shepards.
Courtney Manske who is the communications director spoke to The Dodo also and said:
“She is doing well. She’s a love and a very sweet dog. But she’s still…looking for her puppies. She’s so confused.”
They are still looking for her puppies, which also means the person that abandoned sweet Mercy at the gas station. They are looking over Craigslist and Facebook to see of any signs of recent German Shepard puppies pop up.
“Mercy would love a forever home where she can be showered with all the love and care she deserves, and where she will never have to worry about being thrown out like trash ever again.”