Teddy, a Surfside crisis response dog who couldn’t walk, returns home in luxury – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With his bags packed and his green dinosaur in tow, Teddy was finally getting ready to get out of town on Tuesday.
Taken back in the trunk of his car by his mother and father, Teddy hit the road to the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport as he began his journey back to Philadelphia.
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Teddy, a 6-year-old basset hound lab mix, served 3 weeks at Surfside as a Crisis Intervention Dog, with just one job, bringing a smile to first responders.
“If Surfside has taught me anything, the beauty in humanity, even in dark places,” said Sophia Barrett, Teddy’s mom.
Struggling through a dark spot right now, Teddy ultimately tore two ligaments in his rear knee and suffered a herniated disc in his back because of all his hard work at Surfside.
Last week, Sophia didn’t know how they were going to get Teddy home.
The driving or commercial flight toll would have been too heavy for this hero. Instead, he flew in luxury aboard a Hawker 800XP private jet.
Teddy had no way back until the Titan Aviation Group team heard about this dog’s predicament.
The owner of Titan donated $ 10,000 to send Teddy and his entourage home in style.
“I saw the photos and knew we had to help,” said Dirk Vander Sterre, owner of Titan Aviation Group.
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The one-way trip of approximately $ 10,000 was paid for by Vander Steere and his team.
A combination of the red carpet and Teddy’s new celebrity status sparking a fierce determination to keep moving forward.
Her owners are impressed with all the support they get for their four-legged dog.
Teddy co-owner Jake Blouch said, “It’s not really real to me, an incredible act of generosity. I thought that would never happen, but here we are.
Teddy’s gofundme page received over $ 24,000.
“These are small, incremental steps to improve, but we have noticed so many improvements… doing it on our own,” said Sophia.
“He started putting weight on his hind legs, as he came out of the pool with a whole body shake,” Jake said.
CBS4 has learned that Teddy will make a full recovery.
Soon he’ll be back at what he does best, wagging his tail in excitement and bringing a smile to first responders on crisis scenes like Surfside.
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CBS4’s Joel Waldman has learned that Teddy got up on all fours during the flight to the City of Brotherly Love.