Story of Libby:
In the early morning at the parking lot of A-1 Moving and Storage the first crews arrive to find a cute little dog with huge ears sitting at the gate. The dog was quickly nicknamed “Dingo” due to its seemingly oversized ears. Throughout the day it camped out underneath the parked trailers and would venture out to greet the various crews as they drove in and out. She was very skittish and didn’t really
care for men but eventually accepted water that was offered from some of the women.
I was on an office move very close to the warehouse and my wife called me to see if I could go by and convince the dog to get into my SUV so we could try and find her owner. With the help of the lady’s
in our accounting office I was able to get her in my vehicle and take her to our vet to check for a microchip.
Good News, she had a chip! Bad News, the chip was not registered. We left a message with the organization that inserted the chip so that we could try and locate her owner. My wife Katie and I now needed to figure out how we were going to care for this dog since we already have a canine child at home named Charlie. The first order of business was a bath, thankfully she did not have any fleas and was not too dirty, all good signs to me of a pup that just got out and lost her way.
We were able to find the “owner” however she said that she gave the dog away to a neighbor
because she was unable to care for it anymore and she thought that the neighbor would take care of her. Apparently not. Because the dog was found so far away from home we think she was dumped at our warehouse.
They say once you name a dog it’s yours. Since we had not really named her yet and because she was rescued on September 11th we decided to formally call her Liberty, and Libby for short. Unfortunately Libby and Charlie did not get along so we called on the exceptional services of Furry Friends to assist us (www.furryfriendsadoption.org ). Pat Deshong was kind enough to accept Libby and said she felt certain that she could find her a good home.
Libby was very happy at Furry Friends, she mixed in well, was playful and healthy. To our surprise, Pat saw something in her that is very special and had her tested for becoming a service dog in their “Shelter To Service Dog” (STSD) program. This program that they created trains shelter dogs to become service dogs for veteran US military service members having physical or emotional disabilities. This program helps a veteran and saves a dog, what could be better?
And now for my request…
The training takes almost a year and $10,000 to complete and upon graduation Libby will be teamed with a deserving veteran. The money to pay for the training comes only from donations and sponsorships. While this may appear to be a lot of money when you first look at it, when you break it down it is only $193 a week for the year.
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