Traveling 4,200 Miles To Deliver Puppy Love

When Christine Davies was deployed in Kuwait as a member of the U.S. National Guard, her young daughter Lylia understandably missed her absent mom and talked about her a lot. One thing that lessened the loneliness, however, was an abandoned dog named Nigel that they found online through the Rescue Road Trips website, run by Greg Mahle.

As profiled by Christopher Award-winning author Bob Dotson on his “American Story” segment for the Today Show, Greg rescues thousands of dogs every year who are abandoned by their breeders, tries to find them loving homes, then delivers them to their adoptive families. Every other week, Mahle travels 4,200 miles for just that purpose. He leaves his home in Zanesville, Ohio, driving his tractor trailer filled with puppies to Houston, Lafayette, La., Birmingham, Ala., Altoona, Pa., and north to New England before returning to Ohio.

Why does he do it? Because his work brings others a lot of joy. So if you want to start your Monday with a smile, watch the “American Story” segment below, which became one of the most watched videos on the web last week.

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About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.