Grimmy arrived safely on Friday in Connecticut.
The Cabot Animal Shelter announced the details on its Facebook page:
GRIMMY UPDATE!! Grimmy arrived safely in Connecticut tonight around 6:00 pm (CST). His new family welcomed him with open arms and lots of happy tears!! They even brought his new "sister" Bella. Grimmy's new mom is a nurse at a children's hospital. He will soon be a trained therapy dog and will work with the children to show them that even though he is handicapped it doesn't let it slow him down.
Update (October 11):
Two-and-a-half months after a KARK 4 News report introduced Arkansans to a rescued dog that got a special canine wheelchair in Cabot, the lucky dog is rolling to a new home in Connecticut.
The Cabot Animal Shelter has been caring for "Grimmy" since he was found on the roadside in July after he was apparently hit by a car.
After learning he was paralyzed, the shelter got Grimmy a K9 chariot that enabled him to walk and run again.
The shelter told KARK 4 via the following Facebook posts today that Grimmy has been adopted by a family in Connecticut:
- Thank you to Adam Rodriguez for doing an awesome story on Grimmy who was located at the Cabot Animal Shelter. We appreciate your great work! Grimmy will arrive in CT tomorrow around 5:30pm and into the arms of his new, wonderful family.
- ADOPTION ALERT!! Grimmy boarded transport this morning headed to CT and his new life! Thank you so much to the Lawson family for opening their hearts and their home to a special needs pup. Grimmy is disabled but you wouldn't know it to see him FLY around the parking lot this morning! You can't help but smile around this little one. Happy trails Grim!!
There's an incredible story to tell in Cabot, where workers at the animal shelter have rallied around one little dog.
Despite major obstacles, the cute little canine has managed to roll his way into a lot of hearts.
"He was found beside one of the roads here in Cabot," says Mike Wheeler, Cabot Animal Services Supervisor.
Grimmy's just a little squirt, a furball with an underbite.
"He's just an overall happy dog," Wheeler says, while admitting that his agency knew right away that this dog was different.
"It's his heart. He's got the biggest heart I've seen on a puppy his age," says Wheeler.
Grimmy was a lot more grimey when he came to the shelter a month ago.
"He was matted, dirty, nasty, all his hair was longer. You couldn't really see the dog underneath when he came here," Wheeler recalls.
It was nothing a bath couldn't fix, but the year-old Shih Tzu also had a broken back.
"We're assuming he got run over," says Wheeler.
He couldn't walk, couldn't move his legs and couldn't wag his tail.
"He thoroughly enjoys this," Wheeler says, about the K-9 cart that shelter works found for Grimmy.
A company in Washington State makes the mini wheel chariots for dogs, and cats.
"When he got that, he was a whole new dog," says Wheeler.
They got Grimmy's measurements and sent him his own rig, for free.
"First time we put it on, it was like he always had it. He just took off running, immediately backed up when he got into a corner. It was like he had them his whole life," Wheeler remembers.
And where there's a "wheel," there's a way.
"We've got the Olympics coming up, and I would say his heart's as big as any Olympian," says Wheeler.
If they gave medals for heart, Grimmy would bring home the gold.
But what he really needs is just someone to take him home.
Cabot Animal Shelter email: firstname.lastname@example.org