Gloucester pound dog goes from rags to riches

by Donna Browder - Posted on Apr 16, 2014 - 02:56 PM

Photo: Monti the beagle is now the ECO (Executive Canine Officer) at the posh Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C., quite a change from his humble roots as a Gloucester County stray. Photo courtesy of Jefferson Hotel

Monti the beagle is now the ECO (Executive Canine Officer) at the posh Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C., quite a change from his humble roots as a Gloucester County stray. Photo courtesy of Jefferson Hotel

A former resident of the Gloucester County Animal Control (GCAC) shelter is now living the life of Riley as the ECO—Executive Canine Officer, that is—of the five-star, pet-friendly Jefferson Hotel in the heart of Washington, D.C.

So how does a lovable, homeless beagle make it all the way from scrounging through the trash for his next meal to residing at one of the premier addresses in the nation’s capital, home away from home for high-ranking officials, and even the president?

The answer is a little bit of luck and a whole lot of help from two volunteer pet rescue groups, one in Gloucester, and the other in Rockville, Md.

Last fall, a GCAC officer picked up a small, stray, male beagle. Like most dogs that come into the GCAC shelter, this little two-year-old fellow had serious medical issues—in this case, infestation of heartworms and some very bad teeth. But he also had an oh-so-adorable face.

He was named Dodge and the Animal Rescue Team, an outreach program of Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, began their work with him. This group’s mission is to save every adoptable dog, no matter the physical or social barriers.

Dodge was neutered, treated for heartworms, and had dental work. It was now time to find a rescue group that would take him and give him sanctuary until adoption.

The Animal Rescue Team is fortunate to have several wonderful rescue organizations that take Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society and GCAC dogs. PAW (the Partnership for Animal Welfare) in Rockville, is the organization that agreed to take in Dodge. Members of the Animal Rescue Team transported him to Rockville and gave him goodbye hugs and kisses with the sincere hope that he would find a good home. Little did they know what an amazing and unusual home it would be!