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A soft landing for Buddy

The Union staff

Buddy's new dad sent in this photo of him in his "co-pilot" seat.

It was a long road to recovery — with a happy new home at the end of the trail — for a small black-and-white dog who was found laying in the road after being hit by a car last summer.

Frantic calls had come into the Grass Valley Animal Shelter, to Scooter's Pals and to the Coalition of Animal Welfare and Support that the dog, now known as Buddy, had been hit by a car and was laying on the hot pavement along Tunnel Road , said Scooter's Pals founder Susan Wallace.

Grass Valley Animal Control arrived first and immediately took the dog to Best Friends veterinary clinic. Fresh evidence of puncture wounds on the pooch confirmed he had been attacked by dogs and when trying to escape, was run over by a car and almost decapitated.

Local animal activists helped out with shelter, funds to help pay his vet bills and more. Ursela Rabe, a local foster and animal communicator, offered to take him in and nurse him back to health.

Buddy finally landed with a woman whose husband had a stroke just after they took him, Wallace said.

"She did a perfect thing in the midst of all her family medical challenges; she reached out and found him a great home and visits him when she can," Wallace added.

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Buddy's new owner recently sent Wallace photos of Buddy that show he now has a real home of his own.

For more information, contact Scooter's Pals at http://scooterspals.org.

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