COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- An orphaned Australian cattle dog is reunited with her foster-mom after the volunteer program "Pilots 'n Paws" flew the pup from a Pendleton shelter to a home in Cottage Grove.
The six-year-old dog, Maggie, was evaluated by Sonja Wilkins at a rescue shelter before she was adopted two years ago by a Pendleton man. Maggie was orphaned after her new owner recently committed suicide.
After the man's death, Maggie was taken to a dog pound in Pendleton where she faced being euthanized. Word got back to Wilkins that Maggie was homeless once again, and she said that she would be happy to take her back in.
The volunteer organization "Pilots 'n Paws" agreed to fly Maggie to live Cottage Grove until she is adopted. Wilkins will serve as a temporary foster-mom because of her previous experience with Maggie.
"I know she loves treats, loves tennis balls and Kong toys to play with, so she'll be all set here!" Wilkins said while waiting at the Cottage Grove airport.
This was the first flight this volunteer pilot as done for the "Pilots n' Paws" organization. He said that Maggie looked pretty bored on the flight to her new home, but appeared happy upon arrival.