WATCH: Georgia Cyclist Delivers Injured Dog to Safety (And a New Home!) on His Back
It started out like a normal ride through the woods near Columbus, Georgia, for mountain biker Jarrett Little and his group of cyclist friends. They never expected it would end with not one, but two life-saving freedom rides for a sweet pup in need.
In an interview with CBS News, Little recalled how during a break they came across a stray dog that appeared to have been hit by a car.
"We stopped to regroup, and he came out of the woods to greet us. He was really thin, ribs showing, and had a lot of road rash and a broken leg," Little said. He and his fellow cyclists fed the dog and gave him water, but they were faced with a problem. They couldn't leave the dog in the woods, but they didn't have a car either—just a bike. Determined to not leave the dog behind, Little hoisted him onto his back, and rode into town looking for help.
Once they arrived in Columbus, Little met a woman, Andrea Shaw, who took an interest in the injured canine.
"Right when we returned to my local bike shop to get him some more water and food, we instantly ran into Mrs. Andrea who was in town from Maine," Little told CBS News. "She decided to keep him and get him checked out medically."
Shaw took the dog off his hands—er, back— and not only got him medical help, she gave him a new home as well.
"She paid for him to have his leg repaired with surgery and found an organization that could help get him back to Maine to live on her horse farm," Little said. Shaw gave the lucky dog a name too: Columbo, in honor of the town where she met him.
Columbo, nicknamed "Bo," had four pins put in to stabilize the fractures and a full cast on a front leg to stabilize a broken toe. He traveled with 25 staples in his hind leg to his new home in Maine, where he's living it up on Shaw's farm.
Meanwhile, on social media, a photo of Little with Columbo on his back was spreading like wildfire. Andrea reportedly got "so many fans" after the photo went viral, that she decided to start a Facebook page for her new dog: The Adventures of Columbo. The page not only serves to provide updates on Bo and his new life on the horse farm, it also spreads awareness for other dogs in need.
As for Little, he says he can't deny the role fate play that day, bringing Shaw and Columbo together in the small Georgia city. "Had I been five mins earlier or five mins later, we wouldn't have crossed paths with her," Little told CBS News. "It's pretty cool how far he's come."