Update on Sender, Rescued Climbing Pup Extraordinaire

Since last November when we first found a sweet beagle pup at the bottom of a mountain in Tennessee, Sender has been the unofficial mascot of the Tally Rock Gym. She hung out at the rock gym, spent a few months in Tampa fighting off deadly heartworms, and even went missing for a few days on her own little adventure.

This weekend, Niko and I had the honor to babysit Sender while Jeff was in Gainesville for a climbing competition. Honestly, Jeff is lucky we returned her at the end of the weekend – Sender is the most well-behaved, sweet heart of a dog.

Deathly allergic to anything cute and fuzzy, I made Niko promise that Sender wouldn’t sleep in the bed with us. What happened two minutes after we snuggled up? Sender snuck her way directly in between us. I couldn’t even be upset, she was too cute and slept like an angel the entire night.

Niko was manning the rock gym all weekend, so Sender and I got to play out in the beautiful Tallahassee spring weather. We went for drives around town, and Sender nearly jumped out of my window after making friends at a stop light.

We spent the majority of our weekend at the rock gym, but we weren’t climbing. Sender and I attracted customers by sunning ourselves out on the front dock of the gym, and I think Sender may have gotten a better tan than I did!

We toured Railroad Square a few times, and Sender made a bunch of friends who were blown away by her amazing story.

I’m still in awe as to how any human could possibly abandon this amazing creature. She’s six years old, and has a heart of gold. Did someone raise her, then just decide to ditch her once she caught deadly heart worms? I simply can’t fathom how cold your heart would have to be to look Sender in the eyes and then dump her at a gas station.

But you know what? If that foolish owner hadn’t left Sender at the Kangaroo gas station at the bottom of the mountain that houses Little Rock City, we never would have be blessed with her company.

 

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Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of TheMorningFresh.com - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

8 Comments on “Update on Sender, Rescued Climbing Pup Extraordinaire”

  1. Carden
    February 22, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    we love sender!!!

    • February 22, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      We should make shirts, hoodies, bumperstickers, etc. They’d sell like hot cakes at the gym, haha!

  2. Mcgoo
    February 22, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Cute to the max!

  3. Brian
    February 22, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Sender slept with me too! She is a master climber of couches!

    • February 22, 2011 at 11:11 am #

      I heard! That girl knows how to get what she wants, but she’s so damn nice about it that you just can’t say no.

  4. February 23, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    OHHHH Katie I love Sender story .. it always melt my heart to know more abouther

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      She’s got a great story to tell, almost as much of a hero as Starsky! Their personalities are very similar, I think that’s why I love Sender so much.

  5. The Mom
    February 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    “I heard! That girl knows how to get what she wants, but she’s so damn nice about it that you just can’t say no.”

    That sounds familiar!! Maybe that’s why you two get along so well!!!!

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