Buddy came to us from a home that neglected him and overfed him. Having been raised from a pup until 18 months old with one family, an older couple, he was bounced from home to home after his master passed away. Buddy stands 32" high at the shoulder and weighs 125 lbs! Really big for a labrador retreiver, he was simply too big for many people.
When I received a call saying he was going to be given up again, I immediatley accepted and picked him up. My parents lost their lab 3 years ago, a large 100+lbs black lab and were convinced they would never find another dog as special. When Buddy came home, I immediately bonded with him, labs can look so lost and lonely - and with his gentle nature I knew he would fit right in on their 20 acres - so I sent off a hopeful e-mail to dad, who has struggled with heart problems for the past few years.
Thrilled that they indeed wanted Buddy as a permanent addition to their family, I started looking for a way to get him up there. Typically I would drive him myself, but having just accepted a new job, could not. Airlines wouldn't ship him with out extra handling charges because of his size... and at about $1600 for arrangement, I looked like Buddy was going to be stuck in our small home in the suburbs for 6-8 months!
I happened accross U-ship and set up the profile, not really expecting much because the size of Buddy was pretty intimidating to most people. Ameritrans5 contacted me and we e-mailed questions a couple times. Fortunately, I had a good feeling and took the risk! They made us feel confident with relinguishing this precious dog to their control and kept in touch all the way... They even delivered him to my parents early! What a wonderful experience! My parents got a timely addition to their family, I saved a bunch of money (@ $1100!) and Ameritrans5 gets major KUDOS for such care in delivery!