Tyler Hagood surprised Brianna Hagood with a weekend getaway for her birthday, and they were both excited for the chance to unwind. They stopped at a McDonald’s drive-through for some dinner on their way there, and Hagood observed a dog wandering about the parking lot without a collar.
“I said, ‘BABE!'” I exclaimed to Tyler. The Dodo was informed by Hagood. “‘No, honey, let’s just go to the beach,’ he murmured, looking at me. I slightly raised my voice in enthusiasm as he walked to the window, remembering, ‘I can save that puppy if I want to because it’s my birthday!’ The cashier who opened the window was taken aback at first, but then turned to Tyler and said, “She should save that puppy.”
It’s her birthday and it’s been here all morning!’ That was all the encouragement I needed.”
Hagood got out of the car and walked over to the dog. He approached her with his tail wagging. They sat in the parking lot together, and Hagood had no doubt that the dog would accompany her.
“Tyler ordered our meal, pulled out of the drive-through, and parked next to where I was sitting with the sweetest boy,” Hagood explained. “I opened the car door and asked if he wanted to come in, and before I could finish asking, he had hopped in and sat down… There was never a time when I had to make a choice. I knew I wasn’t going to leave this puppy on the side of the road as soon as I got out of my car.”
When the couple inquired at the several businesses near the McDonald’s, everyone said the same thing. The dog had wandered up that morning, and no one seemed to know who he belonged to or where he had come from. The couple stopped at a vet clinic on their way to the hotel to see if the dog was microchipped. He wasn’t, so they went to Walmart to grab him everything he’d need to join them on their beach vacation. They’d planned to bring their new puppy along, so they’d already reserved a dog-friendly room at the hotel, which made Hagood feel like it was meant to be.
As they settled into the room, their new canine companion joined them. He was really well-behaved and appeared to know exactly what he was doing. With each passing minute, Hagood became more in love with him, and her husband, despite the fact that it wasn’t his notion of a great weekend, did as well.
“I heard Tyler playing with him while brushing my teeth and getting ready for night,” Hagood added. “Tyler had let the puppy onto the bed and was snuggling with him when I went out of the restroom… Despite the fact that this wasn’t his ideal weekend, he understood it was mine, and he knew I wouldn’t have enjoyed myself if I was worried about a puppy.”
The couple spent the entire night cuddling with the puppy, and the next day he joined them for the birthday celebrations, which included a boat cruise. He pretended to know the couple his entire life for the rest of the day, and then they discovered his family.
After his family reacted to a post Hagood had written, the couple decided to drop the puppy off at their house on their way home. They discovered his name was Blu and that he’d gotten out of his family’s yard while they were at work. Hagood was sad to say goodbye to her new furry best friend, but she was relieved that she was able to reconnect him with his family. After an adventurous weekend, Hagood and her husband returned home, but the story was far from done.
Blu’s family contacted him again the next week. They recognized things weren’t working out for him, so they asked if the couple would be willing to adopt him, no matter how difficult it was. Blu’s parents had noticed how deeply he had linked with them, and they were quick to agree.
“Blu arrived at our house on Thursday and immediately fit in,” Hagood added. “At all times, he keeps his hand on my hip… He’s the sweetest little boy, and we adore him.” Hagood had the sensation all weekend that she was supposed to find Blu, and it turns out she was correct.