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Story by Kimberly West - The Oregon Herald
Published on Tuesday December 28, 2010 - 11:58 AM
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FOREST GROVE, Oregon - A TriMet bus driver who stopped his bus to rescue a small puppy from traffic will get to keep the Chihuahua-dachshund mix puppy, according to a press release from the transit agency.

A TriMet spokeswoman said, "He's thrilled to keep caring for the dog,".

The bus driver wishes to remain anonymous for personal reasons. He says he was driving his bus in November when he spotted the puppy on Main Street in Forest Grove. He stopped, picked up the 8-week old puppy then dropped it off at a doggy daycare facility in Hillsboro later in the day and had it examined by a vet.

The bus driver posted Found Dog signs in the area where he found the pup and an ad on Craigslist. But there were no takers. No one had claimed the cute little puppy.

A few days later Garold Howe, manager of The Farm & Garden Store at 19th Avenue in Forest Grove said he had lost a puppy from his store on November 16. The puppy had been for sale for $495. The pup had escaped its pen and ran out into the street. Howe saw the bus stop, but wasn't certain what happened or who picked up the doggie.

Meanwhile the driver named the puppy Oreo. TriMet contacted the driver to let him know what had happened. Howe offered to let the dog stay with the driver as the both driver and pup had become good friends. The driver accepted the offer.

"We were more worried about the dog than the money," Howe said. "He found the dog and saved its life. He's lived with the dog for close to a month. We wouldn't want to pry it away from him."