Some people just know what they want to be when they grow up. That was Dr. Mandy DuBose, even at a young age, when she would run to the barn with a newly rescued dog or cat that showed up in her parents’ yard. Pretty soon, their house was unofficially known as the neighborhood pound.
Now, she’s all grown up with a degree in veterinary medicine, and Dr. DuBose still can’t pass up a furry friend in need. Many of the pets that have lived with her were rescues like the critters in her childhood.
Buddy, for example, was a lab/hound mix she found beside a busy country road near Ridge Spring, S.C., not far from the house where she grew up. She spotted the dog and passed by. But when she looked in the rear view mirror her heart tugged and she turned around. She fed the dog half the biscuit she was eating and put him in the back of her SUV. He hadn’t acquired the capital B yet, but he was already her buddy.
She drove straight to her parents’ home, washed Buddy in the barn and drove back to Clemson University, where she was getting her undergraduate degree. She never told her parents goodbye for fear that her dad would make a fuss about the dog staying in her apartment, where pets weren’t allowed. Buddy soon became her dad’s favorite “granddog.”
Claus was Dr. DuBose’s beloved cat. Someone left him at the front door of the vet’s office when she was working in Anderson, S.C. She looked out the window and saw his tiny head bobbing over the top of a box. That was a Christmas present to herself.
Sunny was what country folks call a Heinz 57 dog. In other words, he’s a little of this, and a little of that. A classmate’s son found Sunny deep in the woods in Tuskegee, Ala., where Dr. DuBose was studying to be a vet. She took him to her apartment, and he never left her side.
Darby was another rescue. Her mom called to tell her someone had dropped off another dog, this one with a broken leg. Naturally, Dr. DuBose came to the rescue — surgery, rehab, acupuncture and all. No question about it, Dr. DuBose was right to call this one her “lucky dog.” The popular Irish name Darby just seemed to fit, since the rescue occurred in mid-March near St. Patrick’s Day.
Dr. DuBose now shares her home and heart with Remi, a hound mix; Beau, a red lab; and Emmett, her only