Although this looks like a cyclist and his best buddy out for a ride, the back story is much more dramatic.
About seven miles outside of Columbus, Georgia, a group of cyclists found a 5-month-old male Great Dane mix puppy who had apparently been hit by a vehicle. He had a broken hind leg, a broken toe, and road rash. He was very malnourished, with his ribs visible under his coat.
Cyclists Chris Dixon and Jarrett Little knew they couldn’t leave him to end up alligator lunch. So Little tried the piggyback method: He hoisted the dog on his shoulders, put his legs in his jersey’s back pockets, and braced the dog with one hand.
When the group reached Columbus, they went right by Andrea Shaw, a Maine native who just happened to be in town on business. The dog went to her and licked her, bleeding all over her new shirt.
She knew immediately she was keeping the pup.
That was the beginning of a forever home for the dog, who Shaw named Columbo after the town where she had found him.
She created a Facebook page for him, the Adventures of Columbo, which details his life after his rescue: his surgery, then a trip to Shaw’s horse farm in Maine.
Thanks to the cyclists Columbo now has a good life.