We pet lovers are willing to go that extra mile for an animal in need.
But, how many of us would go an extra thousand miles?
Ikea Mosley’s pit bull, Zimba, was her best friend. They went everywhere together. He was always at her side.
She had to think long and hard when her boyfriend asked if Zimba could accompany him on a road trip to Maryland.
It would be hard to do without either one, but both at once? That was a tough proposition to swallow.
Reluctantly, she finally agreed and after a teary goodbye, her boyfriend drove away with Zimba riding shotgun.
Then, not long after, Ikea’s world fell apart. The relationship she had thought would last forever suddenly went kaput.
Right in the middle of his road trip, their relationship frayed and finally snapped apart.
Ikea was devastated at the loss but then, something even rose happened:
The angry ex told her that he was dumping Zimba in the middle of nowhere! And then refused to take any more of her calls.
All that Ikea knew was that he had been somewhere in Maryland when he allegedly dumped Zimba.
She had no way of knowing exactly where, when, or how he had “gotten rid” of the poor pooch.
Her heart was shattered. She had gone from being a woman with a man in her life, a child, and a dog, to being just a single mom…1000 miles away from the dog she loved.
Months passed and Ikea tried hard to put the pain behind her, but it never completely went away. She couldn’t stop wondering where Zimba was. Was he happy? Cared for?
Then, one day she got an incredible phone call…
Someone had spotted Zimba wandering the streets of Ridgely, Maryland; he was alone and he seemed lost.
The person alerted animal control, and an agent named Kaitlyn Noffsinger scooped him up and took him to a nearby Humane Society.
Luckily, Ikea had thought to have Zimba microchipped, so the rescue group was able to contact her to tell her that her dog was with them.
Of course Ikea was overjoyed with the news, but overshadowing the joy was the fact that was still one tiny fly in the ointment.
Zimba was safe again, but…he was 1,000 miles away from Ikea. And Ikea was a single mom with children and a job.
There was no way she could just leave and make the long drive to pick up the dog; the trip was simply out of the question.
Luckily, however, the folks at the Caroline County Humane Society weren’t about to give up without a fight.
First, they contacted airlines that might give Zimba a ride, but none would do so. Then, they called the Humane Society in Wichita. They, too, had no answers.
But meanwhile, animal control officer Kaitlyn Noffsinger—the woman who had first picked up Zimba—was keeping her boyfriend, Zach Holt, up to date on all the ongoing drama.
As a dog lover (and former animal control employee), Zach was particularly affected by Ikea and Zimba’s story.
In his eyes, life without his own dog and cat would be unbearable, so he could only imagine Ikea’s plight.
Zach told the local CBS affiliate WJZ-TV later, referring to his own dog:
“I can’t imagine my right-hand man being gone that long.”
He was being interviewed because of the idea he had to reunite Zimba with the woman he loved.
“I’m a bartender,” he told WJZ-TV. “I strictly work, you know, the weekends and Monday and I have Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday off.
And four days is plenty of time to get to Kansas and back, so I said, ‘Why not?‘”
Why not indeed?
Of course, nothing is easy. Road trips aren’t cheap. There’s gas, toll fees, lodging and food to think of.
Zach refused to profit from his offer to drive Zimba the 1,300 miles to Ikea, though he did accept a donation from the Humane Society to help with expenses.
“Zach is doing this strictly as a volunteer, asking for nothing,” a Humane Society employee wrote.
“However, we are incredibly grateful and need to try to raise money to cover his gas, tolls, and other expenses incurred.”
Zimba turned out to be the perfect riding companion. He rode quietly, watching traffic. No back seat driving at all.
Occasionally he would get a little excited about something he saw on the roadside, but for the most part he slept, posed for selfies with Zach, and just generally enjoyed the ride.
For a total of 20 hours, Zach, along with this dog he’d never met before the trip, cruised down the highway en route to Wichita.
And the whole time, back in Kansas, Ikea anxiously awaited the return of her beloved pet.
After a couple of days on the road, the big moment arrived:
Zimba and Ikea were about to be reunited!
It was a dark and wet night when Zach finally pulled up outside Ikea’s house.
But that didn’t deter Zimba from sprinting towards Ikea the instant he spotted her!
She dropped to her knees to greet him and just like that, it was as if they’d never been apart!
And Zach? Well, he had some amazing thoughts about it all…
If people just try,” Zach explained to KWCH News, “that’ll make a difference. I guess that’s one of the messages… Just try.
All I had to do was sacrifice a little bit of time to get him back here.”
Judging by the tears of joy on Ikea’s face and the fiercely wagging tail on Zimba, your sacrifice was greatly appreciated!
Congratulations you two on surviving a harrowing ordeal. May you two never be parted again!
Oh, and may the selfish ex that dumped you to die on the streets because he was mad at your mom get a flat tire every time he gets into a car for the rest of his life!
And that’d be letting him off easy!
Source: Honest To Paws