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Message on a Dog

Note that was found on Buddy.

A woman was out walking her dog on the train tracks in the town of Tumwater, Washington and came across another dog. As she got closer to the dog, she noticed that there was a note attached to its harness. When she opened the note, she knew immediately that this dog needed help.

The note read: "Help. Send help. No joke, cannot walk. Medicine not working. Need doctor." The woman called 911 and handed over the note to the police. Since the note was not signed, the officers were not sure where to begin their search. They had heard about a man and a dog living in a camp in the woods, so they decided to begin their search there.

When the officers arrived at the remote area, they found the man in an emergency state. "He was absolutely immobile," explains Detective Jen Kolb. "He was in his camp and couldn't move from his location. He didn't have a phone to call anybody. No way to reach out to anybody for help, and he was afraid he was going to die." He had no one else to turn too except his dog Buddy, and the Australian Shepherd mix was perfect for the job.

Once the emergency crew arrived, they took him to a hospital in Olympia, Washington where he was treated and released. Although he is homeless, he has a few friends who have reported that he is recovering. They also explain that he declines to be interviewed and would like to be left alone with his buddy Buddy.