Lady, a black Labrador Retriever dog who was returned not once but twice to an animal shelter in Kansas City, is enjoying a remarkable reversal of fortunes thanks to a woman who is heiress to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune. Helen Rich has opened up her 120 acre estate in Florida as a new home for the dog, even sending her private jet to pick her up at Chautauqua County Animal Shelter in Sedan, Kansas, after Lady made her way there after being rejected by the latest family to adopt her.
Rich, who is the granddaughter of William Wrigley, Jr., didn’t hesitate one second after hearing what Lady had been through in her short life, saying that she identified with the dog’s troubles. Rich, who is an author, says her life has been about enduring and surviving, including two stints of breast cancer, and she feels a kinship with the personable black dog who has been bounced around from one home to another. Lady’s long journey to a life of luxury in Florida began two years ago when her original owner passed away. She was then placed in the local shelter, where a family adopted her but passed her on to a friend when Lady’s personality didn’t mesh with their smaller dogs.
Lady didn’t have the best of luck with her second adoptive family, so she began walking the 30 miles to return to the shelter in Sedan. A shelter visitor then began posting photos of Lady and her plight on Facebook, asking if someone would have the heart to give her the right home for her senior years. Rich was on holiday in Hawaii when she heard about Lady’s need for a new home. Lady is the eighth rescue dog that Rich has invited to live with her.