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Two of three puppies that survived being dumped in the King George Landfill last year get together for a family reunion
From left, Clark (now named Dozer), Tony and Selena (now Stella), play shortly after being rescued at the King George Landfill last year.
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By CATHY DYSON
Two of the three puppies that survived being dumped in the King George Landfill last year recently returned to the place where their story started.
They didn't look or act anything like the original characters in the sad tale. They no longer were the unwanted offspring that had been put into a trash bag--with water in it--and tossed into a Dumpster when they were so new to life that their umbilical cords were still attached.
Instead, the dogs that romped around were all grown up, with long legs, floppy ears and frisky attitudes as proof.
The humans who brought them to the "family reunion" at the landfill were certain the dogs knew the connections to those around them.
"They're scent hounds," said Sheryl Adcock, one of the adoptive owners, as she pointed to her dog, Stella.
"She probably knows who that is," Adcock said about Bridgid Maciejewski, the landfill employee who took care of the puppies, "and I think she recognizes [the other dog] as her brother."
There were a lot of oohs and aahs and even a few tears on Saturday as dogs sniffed and humans reminisced.
Maciejewski has kept in touch with the owners since she found homes for the dogs last fall, after an extensive application process. Maciejewski, who constantly fosters pets until she finds new owners for them, has monitored the progress of the landfill puppies on Facebook.
But she hadn't seen the pets in the fur for almost a year, and that's why she started trying to arrange an adoption in September, a year after the puppies were found by landfill workers.
As she made calls, she learned, much to her dismay, that the third dog had been given away to someone else. Its first owner wouldn't give her contact information about the second one.
"I just wish I knew where Tony was," Maciejewski said on Saturday, her eyes filling with tears, as the other two dogs climbed into her lap and licked her face. "I spent a lot of sleepless nights, crying, after I found out about that."
Maciejewski and her daughter, Allie, had named the three puppies Tony, Clark and Selena after superheroes because they somehow survived an ordeal that killed their six litter mates.