Trains, Rails and Puppy Dog Tales

I am sooo cute! But you won’t believe what happened to me.

Imagine this:

You are sitting in a car with your family at a red light as you watch a slow train passing by. Then suddenly, out the corner of your eye you catch a glimpse of something familiar, yet completely out of place.

At first it appears to be a pile of garbage on top of one the many double-stacked train cars. But as you look closer you realize that it isn’t a mound of garbage, but actually something that resembles a puppy.

You do a double take and look again—it is a puppy!

The train had departed from a Pennsylvania railway station and was in route on its way to Atlanta. While making its journey through a small South Carolina town, a woman called 911 and reported that she had just seen a puppy riding on top of a Norfolk Southern train.

Now typically one might expect to see a vagabond, a free-loader riding the rails from time-to-time, but a puppy? “Yes,” the woman had said to reassure the powers that be, that indeed it was a puppy and not a mound of garbage because they had seen it move.

The woman and her family continued to follow the train for six more miles in their efforts to help rescue this sweet little three month old chocolate Labrador retriever. And by the time authorities had shown up on the scene, the train was traveling at a steady speed of 50 mph.

It took awhile, but only then when the train had stopped was a fireman able to climb up a twenty-four foot extension ladder to rescue the puppy. The poor thing was scared to death and had licked her way to a happy deliverance.

To this day no one has any idea where her outing began or how long a ride she had taken. Thankfully this story had a happy ending, for the woman and her family chose to adopt this lovable puppy and decided to name her Boxcar Hunter or Boxey for short.

When it comes to puppies, one of the first words that might pop into our minds is “adorable”. Their innocent eyes stare into our own and give us something back that doesn’t always occur with our fellow human beings—unconditional love.

And maybe that is why we love our animals so much. Not that they ever would take the place of our family and friends. Oh they can be stubborn of course and are totally depended upon us much like our own children. But when it comes to receiving their warm affection and true blue loyalty, there’s nothing like it in the world.

So whether they’re riding on trains or rails, we will always love Puppy Dog tales.


So please tell me, what do you think? Do you love animals? Would you have called the authorities, then raced after a train in the attempt to save a puppy’s life? What kind of animal do you have? And to what lengths would you go or have gone to save an animal’s life?

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30 thoughts on “Trains, Rails and Puppy Dog Tales

  1. Natalie Hartford

    What a FAB post!! OMG. I love that the family saved her life and adopted her. That’s amazing…
    I would jump infront of a train to save any animal’s life. Ok, well maybe that’s pushing things a little far BUT you get the drift. I LOVE animals and especially puppies!! I tease hubby that I want puppies like most women want children. LOL!!!
    GREAT story!!!
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    1. Karen Post author

      Could you just kiss that sweet adorable face? I sometimes think it’s much safer to have puppies than children Natalie. And I am speaking from experience! LOL I do actually love my boys. Thank you Natalie! 🙂

    1. Karen Post author

      I am so happy that you enjoyed it Jan! You have a cutie like that at home? Got to love that! Thanks so much for dropping in! See you again soon.

    1. Karen Post author

      Yes, I thought it was a pretty cool story. 2 dogs and 5 cats? My you are an animal lover Kristy. I’m glad you enjoyed the puppy dog tale! 🙂

  2. Lynette M Burrows

    Wow. Boxey is lucky her new owners had great observations skills. I usually zone out while waiting for the train to pass. I never would have dreamed there would be a puppy on a train.

    Alerting the authorities would be something I would do (I’ve called to rescue animals left out in the freezing cold). My three dogs are definitely cherished members of the family.

    I’ll be on the lookout from here on!

    1. Karen Post author

      Well depending on how long the train was would probably dictate whether I was paying attention or not. But I would’ve been shocked had I noticed something like that. Freaked out is more like it! 🙂

  3. Donna Newton

    Awe, what a wonderful ending. I would have chased the train, too. It turns out Boxey is even more lucky than first thought. Not only did she survive her ordeal, but ended up with an extremely loving family.

    What a lovely story!

    1. Karen

      Well what can I say. I’m a sucker for happy endings! But Boxey is so cute and extremely fortunate. Thanks for dropping by Donna! Always good to see you. 🙂

    1. Karen Post author

      Ain’t that the truth Jennette! They tend to run the house. I’m with you, it was a very cool thing for them to do. And she’s so cute!

    1. Karen Post author

      Hey there Ginger! How are you girl? I can’t believe you came to visit with everything you’ve had going on this week. I’m glad you liked the story. She’s precious alright. 🙂

  4. Sheila Seabrook

    I love the name Boxcar Hunter. 🙂 And I’m so glad these people went the extra mile and rescued the puppy. We’d do the same, absolutely!


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