Sure, Joel Carpenter is broke. But he's got a new best friend – and apparently a ride back home to Portland, Maine.
Like many couples, they met online.
And Carpenter was captivated by Sadie, a 3-month-old collie, German shepherd, husky mix who had been picked up as a stray and sent to an animal shelter in Minnesota (KSTP says it was in Sauk Rapids).
Carpenter found Sadie so irresistible he nearly drained his bank account to buy a one-way ticket to Minnesota and pay the adoption fee, he tells the Portland Press Herald, explaining his connection to the canine this way: "... the only way to describe it was this intense gut feeling. It was a calling, for sure, man. She’s so beautiful.”
So Joel and Sadie were united ... and now faced the quandry of how to get home.
But as the financially strapped Carpenter started working on piecing together rides with drivers headed east, there was something working in his favor. Just as he had traveled a long way, the tale of his single-minded devotion to a dog he'd never met was traveling even farther.
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After a driver brought Carpenter and Sadie as far as Grand Rapids, Michigan, a TV station there picked up on the story.
Then, on Thursday there came word that a viewer in the Detroit area who was planning to drive to Maine to visit family had contacted WZZM-TV, which had put her in touch with Carpenter.
The station reports the woman agreed to provide a ride and even discovered that she and Carpenter have a mutual friend in Maine. As word continued to spread, a GoFundMe campaign was started to raise air fare for Carpenter. Now it looks as though Sadie will be taking flight to her new home.
Carpenter told the Portland Press Herald he was hoping to get home in time for a job interview he has scheduled.
What's next for Sadie?
Carpenter told the Press Herald the adoption terms give him one month to have his new best friend vaccinated, two months to get her spayed.