A man named Bill was on his way to his home in Missouri after going on a fishing trip in Arkansas. He stopped a rest stop on the way to throw away trash and use the restroom. He wasn’t going to be out of his car for very long, so he left the door open and his car still running. When he returned, he couldn’t believe his eyes: there was a dog sitting in his passenger seat. The dog was very thin, so he gave her the only food he had: a Rice Krispie Treat. She quickly scarfed the food down and sat there looking terrified. Bill knew the dog needed help, and she did the only thing she knew how to do to ask for it. The dog found just the right person that day: Bill and his wife are dog lovers who have taken in several stray dogs. So, Bill sent his wife a photo of the dog and she asked what they were going to name her. She was going home with her new dad Bill.
They named her River. She was terrified still when he arrived at home, scared to leave the comfort of the car where she had probably first been shown love. Eventually, he picked her up and carried her inside, where she met her new family: three rescue dogs, a rescue cat, and a human brother. The pack accepted their new doggy sister immediately. Then, Bill gave her a warm bath and washed off the blood and mud caking her fur and picked the ticks off of her body. Then, she was given a warm bed on the floor. River woke up the next morning in her new forever home and it was obvious to Bill and his wife that she had been someone’s pet at one point—she was potty trained and very well behaved.
They took River to the vet for a checkup, where it was discovered she had heartworms, tapeworms and wounds that indicated she had been in a fight at one point. But, she got the medication she needed and was quickly on her way to recovery. She has a great life now—thanks to her quick thinking that day when she jumped into the car.