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Get the tissues ready! A heartwarming new dog movie ‘Rescued By Ruby’ is coming to Netflix this week. It’s based on the true story of a shelter pup who gets a second chance at life when she’s adopted by a state policeman who needs a search and rescue dog.
Ruby is an Australian shepherd and border collie mix who had been in a Rhode Island shelter since she was a pup. She had been returned by five families due to her high energy and behavioral problems.
A shelter volunteer and dog trainer, Patricia Inman, is credited with saving this pup many times from being euthanized. She saw something in Ruby that maybe no one else did.
“She was a total knucklehead. She jumped and bit her leash. She wouldn’t sit or lie down. She just never stopped moving. She was special, and she needed a special person.”
This is when a state policeman, Daniel O’Neil, needed a search and rescue dog and adopted eight-month-old Ruby from the shelter in 2011. She was then on the road to training to be a police K-9.
Then, in October 2017, Ruby showed that a rescue dog can do anything a purebred K-9 can. A teenage boy was lost for 36 hours while hiking, and while a search party failed to find the boy, Ruby succeeded. She found the unconscious boy in a serious medical condition. In a major plot twist, the boy Ruby saved turned out to be the son of Inman, who saved the dog’s life multiple times.
In an interview, O’Neil told the story of coming to Inman’s house to tell her that Ruby found her son.
“I said, ‘Pat, this was her thank you for saving her life — she saved your boy’s life.’ And we both started to cry.”
The movie will premiere on March 17th on Netflix to tell this moving story about the pup who just needed one more chance.
Ruby will be played by canine actor, Bear, who coincidentally was a shelter dog saved from being put down by the movie’s dog trainers.
O’Neil now oversees an 18-dog K-9 unit. He knew it was a risk to take in the shelter dog and train her to be a K-9. Most K-9 dogs are trained from birth and cost departments anywhere from $15,000-$45,000.
“It’s like divine intervention. She was given a chance, and she’s been doing everything she can to pay it back,” he said. “You have this dog that was given up on, and she’s changed so many people’s lives.”
As someone with dyslexia and hyperactivity, O’Neil instantly felt a connection with Ruby. He hopes this movie will show people that every dog deserves a second chance and hopefully encourage people to adopt a dog.
“If you show them love and compassion and you give them a certain type of stability, they’ll show their true colors,” he said.
O’Neil and Ruby have now been partners for 11 years. They have completed several rescues and even convicted two murderers based on evidence Ruby sniffed out.
“She represents something true and beautiful: We can achieve great things, no matter where we started out in life.”
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