Mountain biker Jarrett Little was riding with a group of cyclists in the woods near Columbus, Georgia, when he spotted a creature that needed his help. It was a dog that had lost its way and appeared to have been ʜɪᴛ in the leg by a car.
Little said: “We stopped to regroup and he came out of the woods to greet us. He was very thin, his ribs were exposed and there were many rashes on his back and he ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ his leg.” He said he and other cyclists had fed the dog and given it water, but knew they couldn’t leave the dog in the woods. Little does not have a car to drive and only has a bicycle. So he put the puppy on his back and rode his bike into town looking for help.
Little said that when they went to Columbus to seek help, he and the puppy met a woman who cared about him. Andrea Shaw, who was on a business trip there, started talking to Little about the stray dog he had cycled from in the woods.
“As soon as we went back to the local bike shop to get him more water and food, we immediately ran into Andrea, who was in town from Maine,” Little said. “She decided to keep him and take him for a medical check-up.” Little said that Shaw took the dog out of his hands, and helped not only with medical help but also a new home.
Little said: “She paid for his leg sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ and found an organization that could help bring him back to Maine to live on her horse ranch”. Shaw also choose an appropriate name for the dog: “Columbo” in honor of the town where she met it.
Little says that lucky fate brought him, Shaw and Columbo together in the small town of Georgia. “If I had arrived five minutes earlier or five minutes later, we wouldn’t have seen her,” Little said. “It’s amazing how far he’s come.”
When Shaw brought Columbo – nicknamed “Bo” for short – back to Maine, she posted an update on his health. Shaw wrote: “Bo traveled with 25 ᴘɪɴs in his back leg after having 4 ᴘɪɴs to immobilize the ꜰʀᴀᴄᴛᴜʀᴇ and a full cast on his front leg to immobilize the ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ toe. “They gave him all the medication and kept him comfortable until he got back into my arms,” she said of the puppy transportation company, Canine Freedom Transportation.
The photo of Little carrying Columbo on his back went viral online. He said after the photo went viral and people heard Columbo’s story, “Andrea has so many fans” that she decided to start a social networking site for her new dog.