PHOENIX -- Ralph the mutt is one lucky dog.
He's all clean, freshly shaven and getting plenty of TLC right now. But when Betty Drake found him wandering the north Scottsdale streets last weekend, it was a different tale. He was covered in thorns, brambles, and his hair was clumpy and matted.
"I'd been riding my horse," Betty tells us. "He was actually out on Pinnacle Peak Road. I saw this thing that looked kind of like a tumbleweed, slowly staggering down the edge of the road."
Betty felt she couldn't just drive on by, so she parked her truck and managed to coax him to come to her.
"He ran away, so I got my friend, Juan," she says. "He brought a big white towel, and I sat in the dirt and talked to him, while Juan slowly and gently crept up. We wrapped him in the towel and took him to the emergency vet."
Vets say the dog may have been attacked by a coyote. "He did have some puncture wounds on his head and neck," says Dr. Claudia Channing of the Arizona Animal Welfare League. "But I do think the matting on him probably saved him."
Dr. Channing says she thinks Ralph does realize he's been rescued. "He hasn't shown any aggression," she says. "He is timid, but he's coming out of his shell."
Ralph will likely be put up for adoption in the next few weeks. If you're interested in adopting him contact the Arizona Animal Welfare League.