Bandit had been adopted and then returned to the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program in Georgia four different times. This pup, who is wheelchair-bound, is very sweet and friendly. However, his special needs scare off lots of potential adopters. Because of that, the shelter staff thought that Bandit would stay with them for the rest of his life.
That was Bandit’s life before Darrell and Sue Rider came into the picture. When the Rider couple saw the pup’s story on Facebook, they were instantly hooked. They knew that they could give Bandit the love and special care that he needed. That is because, just like the sweet pooch, Darrell is in a wheelchair too. Darrell even said that he found Bandit very intriguing because they share the same kind of paralysis.
After careful consideration, the couple contacted the shelter to discuss all the things that they needed to know about Bandit’s care. The talks went on for an entire month until they determined that the Riders are indeed the right fit for the pup. When Darrell and Sue finally met Bandit, all of their doubts immediately disappeared.
Darrell and Sue talked to Bandit’s handlers and veterinarians. They prepared their house for the pup’s arrival too. When the day came for the couple to take Bandit home, the shelter staff members had mixed emotions. They all loved him so much, so they were sad because they will miss him. However, they were also thrilled to know that finally Bandit getting his well-deserved happy ending.
According to Bandit’s new dad, the pup has settled into his new family and surroundings better than they could have imagined. Darrell said that they couldn’t be happier to have him in their lives. After the long wait, Bandit is, finally, where he should belong – right beside someone who gets who he is.
Credit: Darrell Rider