A Columbia family worked together to rescue an 87-year old man and his dog after he got trapped in his car by rising floodwaters while passing through South Carolina.
Then the family fed him, gave him a shot of bourbon, called a doctor to look him over and invited him to stay the night.
Southern hospitality, it seems, is alive and well — even during a deluge.
George Osterhues, who lives in Canada, was on his way to Florida with his dog Tilli. He got off Interstate 77 because of the flooding, then got lost near a flood prone lake north of Columbia.
Inside, they could see a man and a dog.
Julie Hall, a Chester County prosecutor, called 911, but the family quickly decided rescuers probably had their hands full during the flooding.
Together, they decided to take action.
At first her husband, Tom Hall tried to reach the man in a canoe but the current was too rapid. Instead, he used ropes tied to trees to hold onto as he made his way to the car.
When he reached the car, the man told him he was “ready to die.”
“No way was that man going to die out there,” he told the Charlotte Observer.
Tom Hall gave the man a life jacket and pulled him and his Yorkshire terrier out the window, and the whole family, including sons Brice, Graham and Logan, helped to tug Osterhues and the dog to dry ground.
Then the family took him to their home for some warm tea, a shot of bourbon and a hot meal.
Julie Hall’s father, a doctor, came over to check on Osterhues, who stayed over Sunday night.
Osterhues, it turned out, is German-born, and a survivor of bombings and Nazi terror during World War II.
He and Tilla got a rental car for the rest of the trip to Florida.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 7th, 2015 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, car, columbia, dog, dogs, elderly, family, flooding, floods, George Osterhues, hospitality, julie hall, man, pets, rescue, south carolina, southern, tilli, tom hall, trapped, yorkshire terrier
Here’s your chance to find true love in Savage, Maryland.
Once again, Camp Bow Wow in Columbia is holding a “Cupids & Canines” event, designed to match up adoptable dogs from various rescue groups with new, loving homes.
Similar events are being held throughout February by Camp Bow Wow’s 108 locations across the country, and you can visit their website to find one near you.
The events aim to place rescue dogs in homes, and raise awareness and funds for local animal rescue organizations and Camp Bow Wow’s Bow Wow Buddies Foundation.
The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of dogs worldwide by finding foster and lifetime homes for unwanted dogs, advancing humane education and treatment, and investing in research and treatment for dogs devastated by illness and disease.
“As we grow, it’s truly wonderful to see so many of our franchisees giving back to their communities by helping dogs and shelters in need,” said Heidi Ganahl, founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow. “The money we raise for our foundation will not only support foster care and adoption programs, but it will also help fund research for canine cancer which takes one in four of our beloved pets.”
Guests at the Savage Mill event can speak with representatives of various rescue groups and meet some of the available dogs. There will also be refreshments, door prized and raffles, as well as discounted micro-chipping. Unless your dog is getting micro-chipped, Camp Bow Wow advises you to leave him or her at home, due to the number of rescue and shelter dogs that will be there.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 7th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adoptable, animals, bow wow buddies foundation, camp bow wow, camp bow wow columbia, columbia, cupids and canines, dog, dogs, events, love, maryland, pets, rescue, savage, shelter, sweetheart, valentine, valentine's
Camp Bow Wow in Columbia — always happy to have your dog come in for a stay — is now accepting just your dog’s hair as well.
One of many groups and businesses across the country that have joined in the effort to collect dog and human hair to help combat the gulf oil spill, Camp Bow Wow is offering several options.
You can bring your pup in for a de-shedding treatment, or collect your dog’s shed hair and drop it by. Also, Camp Bow Wow will accept donations of human hair, if you know of any hair salons or barbers that want to pitch in.
The hair — as we explained last week, and as the video above shows — is being used in the making of oil booms that are being used to help absorb the oil.
Feathers, fur and other natural fibers, such as used nylon stockings are also used to make the booms, and Camp Bow Wow is accepting donations of those as well.
All the donated items collected — as well as cash contributions — are being passed on to Matter of Trust.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 18th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: absorbent, animals, booms, bp, camp bow wow, collect, collection, columbia, dog, dogs, fur, groomers, gulf, hair, hairdressers, human hair, maryland, maryland spca, news, nylon, ohmidog!, oil spill, pets, salons, shed, stockings
The fatal shooting of a dog during a February SWAT team raid in Columbia, Missouri, has prompted the police department to change its policies, Chief Ken Burton said at a news conference Thursday.
You might guess he was talking about the department’s dog-shooting policy, which, judging from this video, seems to be shoot first, shoot some more, and ask questions later.
But no. After killing a family’s pit bull, wounding their Welsh corgi, and terrorizing the suspect’s wife and child — in a bust that netted a mere palmful of marijuana — the police department has revamped department policy so that there won’t be lags between the time they obtain a search warrant and the time they, stormtrooper style, bust into homes.
Burton said the department moved slowly in Whitworth’s case because the SWAT team is made up of part-time members who hold other jobs within the department.
The fact that officer killed one of the suspect’s dogs, intentionally, and wounded another, accidentally — while the incident is still being investigated internally — seems, to him, of little import.
Burton said the pit bull was acting aggressively, and he defended the actions of the officers involved, according to The Missourian.
The suspect, Jonathan Whitworth, pleaded guilty on April 20 to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and was fined $300.
Subsequently, the police video was released and found its way onto YouTube, prompting a surge of protests from animal activists.
“We’re getting death threats from literally all over the world,” Burton said.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 9th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, columbia, complaints, corgi, death threats, dog, drugs, family, home, investigation, law enforcement, marijuana, missouri, news, ohmidog!, pets, pit bull, police, raid, response, shoot, shot, swat, swat team, video
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but Camp Bow Wow in Columbia thinks you can still find your perfect match at its 2nd Annual Cupids & Canines Adopt-A-Thon Event.
The event, postponed by snow in February, will take place Saturday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Adoption-ready dogs will be on hand from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (MAGDRL), Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), and the Prince George’s County SPCA/Humane Society.
Even if you’re already in a commited canine relationship, you and your pet are invited to drop by for discounted microchipping, food and a chance to win prizes, including tickets to Toby’s in Columbia, a night’s stay at the Harbor View Inn in Annapolis.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 10th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adopt-a-thon, animals, baltimore animal rescue & care shelter, barcs, camp bow wow, columbia, cupids & canines, discount, dogs, magdrl, maryland, microchipping, mid-atlantic great dane rescue league, pets, prizes
Here’s an ad by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that won’t be airing during today’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
PETA had sought to have the ad aired during the parade at NBC affilliates in Raleigh, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Savannah, Ga., and Little Rock, Ark. But they all rejected it, according to PETA spokesman Michael Lyubinsky.
The commercial depicts a young girl saying grace at Thanksgiving, giving thanks for “the turkey farms where they pack them into dark, tiny little sheds for their whole lives.” It encourages viewers to “go vegan.”
Brad Moses, general manager of Raleigh’s WNCN, said he decided to ban the ad in Raleigh and Savannah because it’s not appropriate for the spirit of the parade, the Associated Press reported.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 26th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: ad, advertisement, banned, columbia, conditions, dinner, farms, little rock, macy's, parade, people for the ethical treatment of animals, peta, raleigh, rejected, savannah, television, thanksgiving, turkey, vegan, vegetarian
Camp Bow Wow — at 7165 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, Md. — invites dogs and their people to a Yappy Hour Wednesday night, from 5 to 7.
“Bring your dog, meet new friends and enjoy a glass of wine at camp,” camp leaders said. For more information visit the Camp Bow Wow website.