"CPL D.R. "Doc" Young, USMC Crash Fire & Rescue (1972-75) Vietnam Era Veteran, DoD Federal Fire Fighter/Captain (1975-1996), Fire & Safety Officer / Correctional Sgt (1997-2000)
I know only too well how precious life is, and having a second chance in life. Life Saving and Protecting of Life carried into my daily off duty life as well. Making sacrifices and giving of yourself to help others unconditionally, is how I feel about others, family and our pets. Pet Companions who love us unconditionally in return, asking nothing of us, only to be loved, protected and cared for.
Experiencing career related disabilities for many years, Canines, Felines, Ferrets & Cockatiels have been a part of my everyday life, bringing joy and comfort mentally and physically.
My wife Mary & I, over the years have adopted many Canines & Feline's needing a second chance. And after recently losing Poke (Queensland Heeler & Catahoula Leopard mix) of 11 years, we lost Acacia Embers (Dalmatian from Dalmatian Rescue in CA) of 10 years, although we have 2 Felines George & Janome, our home was incomplete.
Our animals are our Children, Mary herself a cancer survivor also knows the meaning of a second chance, and I felt was ready to experience a new life in our home and I went online to PetFinder and saw Hank, an Australian Shepherd Husky mix. A quick e-mail to Mary at work sharing a picture of Hank and his information, soon Mary was in touch with Canines With A Cause. After work that day Mary went directly to CWAC to see Hank in person and fell in love with Hank. We adopted Hank 25 Jan.
We understand Hank was found by the Founder Cathy King of CWAC, loose on the streets of Heber, UT. We learned that Hank was about 5 months old when needing medical attention & shots by his Veterinarian. Hank is fine and growing in leaps and bounds since. Hank having adjusted to our home life and us after 2 months, a volunteer with CWAC Astrid fostering Buddy (Australian Cattle & Border Collie mix) allowed us to watch Buddy for a few days while Astrid attended Agility Trials.
Hank & Buddy played almost none stop, becoming very close friends in such a short time. Then came the Question, if we wanted to adopt Buddy and without hesitation, we said yes. CWAC rescued canines Hank & Buddy, that we adopted 7 Apr, now our family is complete and we cannot show our appreciation enough for a second chance for Hank & Buddy and a better life for us all with their friendship, companionship and unconditional love.