Flying with Dexter

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Each morning, Oconee County Humane Society president Randy Van Surdam and his dog Dexter climb aboard his 1964 Bentley helicopter and make the two mile hop from their private landing strip to the Oconee County Regional Airport.

Van Surdam owns a vintage aircraft business and earns his keep as an airplane mechanic. Every day, he and Dexter make the commute and spend the day together at work, and Dexter wouldn’t have it any other way – in fact, he waits for Van Surdam under the chopper every day.

“When I come out in the morning, he’ll be sitting under it,” Van Surdam said.

Dexter became paralyzed in a freak accident when he was looking at Van Surdam and ran into a tree. He’s since adapted to a wheelchair, and uses it to make his way around – but is just as happy to go without. In fact, Van Surdam says his little marvel seems to forget that he’s disabled, and after seeing him in action, you may just forget yourself.
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12 thoughts on “Flying with Dexter”

  1. Thank you for all your wonderful posts. I really love getting these stories in my news feed. It makes my day

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  2. I know, Kimberly! Dogs are so great. What a lucky lucky dog to have such a kind owner. I’m happy people like this exist.

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  3. What a wonderful man and owner. I’ve seen many people want to put their dogs down for much less than this, so kudos for seeing that he is still worthy of a good life. Thank you for showing people what a responsible pet owner really is! Hugs to the both of you!

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