Former ‘Unadoptable’ Shelter Dog Saves Kids From Potential Abduction

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When you adopt a dog, the last thing that’s on your mind is that the same pooch might repay you by saving your kids from a horrible fate. While Melissa Lambert, and her husband, Thom, might not have adopted Edgar with the idea he’ll end up a hero, it’s exactly what happened.

Edgar, a Treeing Walker Coonhound who was once labeled ‘unadoptable’ by a West Virginia shelter, wound up at Lamberts’ local humane society shelter where Melissa often took their daughters to play with the rescues. Melissa herself admits she didn’t think of herself as a dog person despite loving animals, but she felt drawn to Edgar. The special connection she made with this rescue was so strong she and her husband decided to adopt him- now, they think that connection was fate.

Months after becoming a part of the Lambert family, Edgar proved to be not only a wonderful family pet for their children but a hero, as well. On April 28th, a man broke into the family’s home with the intention to abduct one of their little girls but was scared off by the courageous dog. Once the parents tucked their little girls in and locked the house, they went to sleep with Edgar, who snoozes in their room. However, in the middle of the night, the dog did something out of character: started barking and growling like crazy.

As Edgar wouldn’t it calm down, Thom realized something was amiss and went to inspect, only to find out windows and doors open. He immediately called the police who was initially suspicious of the story that the dog alerted them to an intruder- since Edgar was calm, quiet and even napped when the police did their inspection. However, the burglar was arrested the day after when he confessed to trying to abduct a kid and being scared off by the dog’s aggressive barking.

Now, everyone knows that Edgar is not just a good boy- but a bona fide hero. Thom and Melissa went public with their story to let people know that their own hero might also be waiting in a shelter, dubbed unadoptable or unwanted. All you need to do is go to the nearest rescue and be some dog’s hero first.


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