Local Marine who adopted, then returned sailor’s dog tries again

Don Bordelon with "Scooter." (Photo courtesy of Don Bordelon)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A disabled Marine veteran who gave his dog back to a U.S. sailor after an adoption mistake last week, has decided to give the adoption process another shot.

On Monday, Don Bordelon went to the Humane Society of Central Texas in Waco and decided to adopt “Scooter,” a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix.

“(He) immediately walked over to me and laid his head in my lap,” said Bordelon.

Bordelon, who lives on a ranch in Moody, had adopted a dog named “Diesel” from the Temple Animal Shelter on July 3, but learned the dog had another owner, a U.S. sailor on the East Coast, and wasn’t supposed to go up for adoption.

According to the sailor, her brother, who was supposed to be watching Diesel for a few months while she was in medic training in North Carolina, surrendered the dog without her knowledge or permission.

Shelter officials said the adoption was completely legitimate and Bordelon was not in any way obligated to return the dog.

When the sailor learned her dog had been adopted, she made a plea on Facebook with a post that went viral, eventually making its way to Bordelon who, while very attached to the dog, decided to give Diesel, a 2-year-old yellow lab, back to the sailor.

Last week, a friend of the sailor’s came to Moody to pick up Diesel to stay with his family in Houston until the sailor graduates in September.

Bordelon said he had puppy and adoption offers from all over the country, but decided to rescue another shelter dog locally.

It wasn’t an easy decision, however.

Bordelon said he went to the shelter last week but it was too painful.

He tried again on Monday and said he saw Scooter laying up against the fence.

“I took him out into the walk area and he immediately stuck to me,” said Bordelon.

“He’s a very gentle giant, when he trots he looks like he’s walking on air.”

Bordelon will pick up Scooter later this week.