Dan O’Grady of Akron, Ohio, is a long-haul truck driver with a heart for animals. Because he loves all creatures with four legs, this story has a happy ending. Without him, it likely wouldn’t have. O'Grady would have never expected that the animal he rescued had something else in mind as well.
Passing through Jacksonville, Florida, O’Grady noticed a little dog alongside the road. He knew he couldn’t leave him behind like that, so he exited the highway and headed back to help the pup. He only hoped he could get to the dog before something bad happened. Fortunately, the dog—a Jack Russell terrier—was right where he’d last seen him, and O’Grady decided to rescue him.
The terrier, however, had other plans. As O’Grady tried unsuccessfully to coax the dog to him, it ran into the woods, barking frantically. The truck driver followed, and what he found there was amazing.
In an apparent abandonment, a small, fluffy, white bunny had been left behind with his buddy the terrier by his former owners. The little rabbit didn’t look very good, and the pup was dirty and thin. O’Grady decided they both needed rescuing.
After gently picking the bunny up, the terrier seemed satisfied and calmly followed the man back to his truck. Both critters became passengers that day. The truck driver gave the pup some sandwich meat and stopped to buy the bunny some salad at a truck stop.
O’Grady stopped by an animal shelter and found out that though the folks there would happily take the dog, whom O’Grady had named Highway, they had no facilities for keeping a rabbit, whom O’Grady had named Interstate.
So leaving the dog behind at the Florida shelter, O’Grady and Interstate started the long trek together back to Ohio, where there was a shelter that took in bunnies, guinea pigs and the like. They gladly offered Interstate a place to stay, and O’Grady left him in good hands and went on his way.
Who knows what would have happened if the truck driver with the big heart hadn’t stopped that day? What we know did happen was that Highway got a forever home in Florida and Interstate is awaiting someone to adopt him in Ohio.
Thank God for people who care, like truck driver Dan O’Grady!