Cpl. Dan O’Neil and his K-9 partner, search-and-rescue dog Ruby, officially became a pair in 2011. O’Neil said his sergeant at the time had picked her up from a local shelter after she was deemed “unadoptable.”
Ruby was close to being euthanized, but Joe Warzycha, who was working at the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) at the time, suggested she’d be good at police work.
Ruby was assigned to O’Neil who not only had to train her in general, but also had to train her for police work. She passed her tests with flying colors, he said.
RESCUED BY RUBY tells the true story of Ruby’s heroic rescue of a young boy who was missing for six hours.
“All of a sudden, she started off into the woods and I couldn’t believe it,” O’Neil recalled. “She came around the corner, I came around the corner, and there’s a pair of boots on the ground and it was a young boy laying face down.”
“On the one hand, I’m upset because there’s this young boy that’s possibly perished, but also very happy for Ruby, who worked so hard for the last six years, and finally, she finally did what I’ve been telling her to do,” he added.
“’That was the dog that you never gave up on that just saved your son’s life,’ and she started to cry,” O’Neil said in response to the mother. “I think this was Ruby‘s way of saying ‘thank you’ for never giving up on her.”
Ruby won Rescue Hero Dog of 2018 for her efforts.
O’Neil recently had the opportunity to watch the movie and said that the rescue and his love for Ruby came to life once again.
“It was one of the best nights of my life to see my life portrayed by another actor, you know? I lived it all,” he said. “I’m with Ruby 24/7. When I’m in my office typing away, she’s sitting down next to me at my desk. When I’m at home sleeping, she’s sleeping right next to me on the floor.”
“Just like any relationship though, we have our roller coaster,” he added. “Sometimes she drives me crazy, and I drive her crazy, but there is so much love. It’s wonderful. I don’t see Ruby retiring anytime soon, so I think they’re gonna work side-by-side for a long time, which makes my life crazy, but I’m used to it.”
RESCUED BY RUBY is a comedy on Netflix based on a true story about an aspiring K9 officer who adopts a shelter dog named Ruby to help achieve his professional goals and provide for his growing family. Ruby is rambunctious and brings some stress to Danny’s family life. However, all she needs is some tender loving care. There’s an upcoming test to get into the K9 unit, though. So, Ruby and Danny have their work cut out for them. Will they be ready in time?
RESCUED BY RUBY is a terrific movie for the whole family. It has a strong moral worldview with some light Christian and Romantic elements. The story promotes providing for one’s family and protecting one’s community. It also extols having a good marriage. Finally, there are also positive comments about being close to God and about God’s Providence. However, the hero wants to follow his professional dream, though it’s rooted in his desire to do purposeful work and to provide for his family. RESCUED BY RUBY is a heartwarming, engaging movie, but there is some jeopardy involving police work.
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