In early March, the Doña Ana County Animal Control unit in Las Cruces, New Mexico, received reports about a stray Labrador mix roaming the area with a container stuck on his head. People thought that the canister looked a lot like a plastic pretzel container, so they nicknamed the pup Pretzel.
Some animal control officers immediately headed to the scene to catch Pretzel and free him from the container. Unfortunately, they had difficulty finding the sneaky dog. So they decided to enlist the help of the non-profit organization of Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue and local volunteer-based group, Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue.
For the next several days, the responders scoured the area for the Labrador mix, deploying drones and setting up traps to catch him. When they finally managed to capture him, they realized that the container was actually a continuous flow dog feeder. They immediately removed it from his head and brought him to the Cherished K-9 facility.
There, he was given a nice meal and a cozy bed to sleep in to help him regain his strength. When he was fully recovered, they sent him over to a loving foster family, where he stayed until he was ready for adoption. The rescue organization was already anticipating several applications for the pup, given the positive response they received after posting his story online.
However, they were surprised that they only had one adoption application for Pretzel: from Kirk Kirkpatrick. Kirk was one of the volunteers of Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue, who helped look for the canine. At first, he wasn’t really looking to adopt the Labrador mix.
But when they had put down their family dog due to old age and health issues, he thought of bringing Pretzel in and seeing how he would fit into their pack of five dogs. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for the Lab mix to adapt to his new family, and before long, the Kirkpatricks decided to make him a permanent part of the pack. Look at Pretzel’s happy adoption day here.
Courtesy of Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue