A goofy set of green-and-red felt antlers won one shelter dog his life, a long trip and, ultimately, a home in Illinois.
Ranger’s trek from Emporia, Kan., to his arrival Thursday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling airport covered about 650 miles and required the help of pilots, shelter workers, rescue organizations and a dedicated adoptive family.
“This whole thing has been unbelievable,” said Kelli Cameron, of St. Charles, Ranger’s new owner. “It really is a miracle he’s still alive.”
Ranger’s tale began in Emporia, where the stray was found wandering last summer. Employees at the local shelter fell in love with the friendly black, gray and white pointer mix, but couldn’t find him a home and couldn’t bear to put him down.
“We had such a horrible time finding a place for him,” said shelter director Peggy Derrick. “We’ve been trying desperately to get him adopted.”
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