A special dog is getting another chance here in the heartland.
Saturday afternoon, Carla Chapman and Margo Young, both of Huskers Hope Dachshund Rescue, a local non-profit organization, waited patiently at the Eppley Airfield Airport for some precious cargo.
When it arrived, everyone instantly made friends.
It was Patricia Malone, a volunteer with the Oregon Dachshund Rescue, who brought Max, a five-year-old dachshund.
Max is recovering from an intervertebral disc disease operation from back in November. Malone brought him to Chapman and Young so they could work with him for rehabilitation.
Max's family got him the operation so he could get better, but then found they didn't have the time for his rehab afterward.
When Max's family reached out for help on craigslist, they got the attention of Malone and others from the Oregon Dachshund rescue.
After some searching, they soon found Husker's Hope, all the way over here in Nebraska, was his best bet.
"He has many, many, many wonderful years ahead of him. Had not the family been given this opportunity, we don't know what could have happened to him," says Malone.
At Husker's Hope Dachshund rescue in Beaver Crossing, just over 30 miles west of Lincoln, they take care of dogs just like Max, getting them the rehab to get them up and running again.
Although Max can't walk now, Chapman says it'll just be a matter of time.
"I know the excitement that the dogs have, when they're not being able to move, and when they're able to run for the first time without going 'blop,' it's the most amazing, most awarding thing," Chapman says.
Chapman says Max will be in perfect health and will return to his family within just a few months.