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There’s a K-9 dog in Rhode Island who has a past so remarkable that it inspired a Netflix movie.
Ruby, an Australian shepherd and border collie mix, was adopted by Cpl. Daniel O’Neil in 2011, who needed a search and rescue dog for work, according to the Associated Press.
At the time, the boisterous eight-month-old pup had been adopted and returned to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter by five families before finding her place with O’Neil.
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Patricia Inman, a shelter volunteer and dog trainer, recalls that Ruby was full of energy and needed an advocate to reassure staff that euthanasia was not the right option.
“[Ruby] he was a total airhead,” Inman told the Associated Press. “She jumped and bit the leash. She did not sit or lie down. She just never stopped moving. She was special and she needed a special person.”
O’Neil, 41, enrolled Ruby in a K-9 training course, where she reportedly graduated top of her class.
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He remembers that the young dog seemed determined and focused instead of the boisterous and troublesome reports he had heard.
Ruby became a K-9 dog for the Rhode Island State Police where she assisted in various search and rescue missions.
In October 2017, O’Neil and Ruby found a teenage boy who had fallen into a ravine and remained unconscious.
They later discovered that the boy was Inman’s son, who had been missing for 36 hours after his accident.
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“I was beside myself and overwhelmed,” Inman told the Associated Press, recalling that fateful day.
“A lot of things had to come together for this to happen the way it did,” he said. “The universe works in mysterious ways.”
Ruby’s story and her extraordinary recovery skills made national headlines and captured the hearts of Americans.
The talented K-9 was honored at the 2018 Hero Dogs Award ceremony hosted by American Humane, where she won in the Search and Rescue Dog of the Year category.
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Four years later, Ruby’s story is highlighted in an upcoming Netflix movie, which is titled “Rescued by Ruby.”
The film is based on two short biographical stories about Ruby’s life, “Ruby: A Dogwink Story” and “Dogwink Ruby”, told by American author SQuire Rushnell and comedian Louise DuArt.
“The world needs movies that make us feel good,” said Rushnell, who is also an executive producer on the film.
“The real-life journey of Private Dan and a shelter dog named Ruby demonstrates how believing in our dreams can open doors of opportunity and divine direction we couldn’t imagine possible,” Rushnell told Fox News Digital. “‘Rescued By Ruby’ is a story of hope for all.”
The film will begin airing on March 17.
O’Neil told the Associated Press that he believes Ruby’s achievement is a “true underdog story.”
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“It’s like divine intervention. He was given a chance and he’s been doing everything he can to bring it back,” the corporal said. “You have this dog who was abandoned and has changed a lot of people’s lives.”