Woman Couldn’t Believe She Found A Motionless Puppy Near A Highway So She Went To Help


Stray dogs roam the streets, looking for food and shelter. Their days are filled with fear and uncertainty. Some stray pups find themselves at dangerous places where they can’t find anything to eat. 

Their strength fails them as they wait for kind-hearted people to rescue them and give them hope for a better tomorrow.

Miley was waiting for good humans to save her, too, as she was helplessly lying in the grass on the side of a highway without the strength to get up.

The Good People Step In To Help

dog lying in the grass
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

In July 2023, many people contacted Stray Rescue of St. Louis, informing them that there was a stray dog on the side of a highway.

After one of the callers gave the rescue the exact mile marker of the highway, the rescue staff knew where the dog was.

Knowing that the frightened dog could run away at any moment, Donna Lochmann immediately went to save the pup.

As soon as she came to the exact spot that the caller mentioned, she saw a frightened dog lying in the grass. Lochmann felt brokenhearted after she saw how emaciated and tired she looked.

The rescuer didn’t want to scare the pup even more, so she slowly made her way down the slope. The pooch looked at her with a sad expression on her face.

While she talked to the pup in a gentle and soothing manner, Lochmann gave her some treats to win her trust. 

Grateful To Be Saved 

photo of a scared dog lying in grass
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

The sad and lonely dog recognized the friend in her and started wiggling her tail. She felt relieved that somebody cared for her, and put in so much effort to help her.

The pup, later named Miley Marker, let her rescuer put a leash around her neck. As she tried to stand up, her weak legs wobbled and she gave up.

Lochmann was deeply saddened to see that Miley didn’t have the strength to get up.

Just when she got closer to Miley to take her in her arms, the pup gave her a big kiss and melted her heart.  

While Lochmann was carrying her up a steep hill to her car, the sweet pooch kept kissing her. 

It was her way of thanking her rescuer for saving her life and treating her with so much care and affection. 

After arriving at Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Miley had a full medical checkup. Her caregivers were heartbroken to learn that she was sick. She was so starved that she ate anything that she could find on the highway.

Lochmann gave her a bath to remove all the fleas from her body, and Miley couldn’t wait to give her rescuer another smooch.

woman and a dog looking at each other
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Miley’s caregivers strongly believed that she would make a full recovery. Despite the terrible conditions she lived in, she was extremely affectionate, and everybody who met her ended up falling in love with her.

Her caregivers gave her all their love, and they couldn’t stop hugging this brave and invincible girl. Miley felt loved and safe like never before.

A New Chapter In Miley’s Life

close-up photo of a dog named miley marker
Source: Amelia Mugavero Fox 2

Soon, she was ready to go to foster care and begin a new chapter in her life. 

Her foster family was happy to welcome her into their home in St. Louis and help her regain her strength. They gave her a red fish toy and Miley was overjoyed with it. She carried that everywhere she went.

Miley needed some time to relax and catch up on sleep. It didn’t take long for her to start enjoying the warmth and safety of her loving home. Gradually, she became more and more energetic.

Her foster family was enchanted with her.

“Miley is the sweetest, most loving (and goofy) girl.  When I am on Zoom meetings for work, Miley usually dozes off at my feet.  She will suddenly wake up, jump into my lap at full speed, and start licking my face incessantly,” said Rachel, her foster mom.

Searching For A Forever Home

rescued dog sitting in front of a couch
Source: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Her foster mom said that it was Miley’s way of expressing her gratitude to her. The sweet pup was overjoyed to have been rescued. 

Miley made a complete recovery, and at the time of writing this article, she was searching for her forever home.

We’re absolutely sure that a pup as sweet as her will soon find wonderful parents who will endlessly love her and cherish her like she deserves.

If you’re ready to welcome a pup into your life, contact Stray Rescue of St. Louis and let sweet Miley win your heart. You’ll change her life forever, and in return, you’ll get a loyal and loving companion.