Carissa Winter via Crowdrise
February 25, 2012
BENEFITING: SAINT BERNARD RESCUE FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Jan 22, 2012
Meet Willie. He was turned over to Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation 5 years ago, on December 26th, 2007. He was 9 weeks old and had a massive blood clot over one of his eyes.
I received a call from Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation to see if I could pick up and foster a pup. I was told he had Cherry eye and needed surgery. I had just gone thru that with one of my other saints and said no problem, I knew what needed to be done.
I got in to car and headed to Forest Lake to meet the family that was surrendering the pup. I arrived at the meeting place and could see in 4 little feet pattering around the other side of a van. I walked over to the van and met the family surrendering the pup.
I should mention their story...The family rescued Willie's mom from a neighbor that didn't want her anymore. They soon found out she was pregnant. They cared for her and she had her littler of pups. They were able to find homes for the mom and all but one pup. He had problems with his eye and the vet they said he need surgery. This was more than the family had bargined for and decided the best thing to do was turn this pup into rescue.
I was a little shocked to see this little pup with such a mass. I don't think you could prepare someone for something like this. I thanked the family for turning him into us and said we'd take care of him. We got in the car and notified the vet I was on my way but I wasn't sure what we were dealing with. Needless to say, the next day this little pup was insurgery and his blood clot and eye were removed.
I picked up the little guy that afternoon. He was in good spirits and gave kisses. He wasn't phased at all by the surgery. He liked to follow my other two Saints around. He didn't like to be separated at bed time and ended up sleeping on the floor on my side of the bed. He seemed to fit right into our home. It was meant to be. By the end of that week, I knew I needed to adopt this little guy and give him the life he deserved.
Willie grew to be a very big dog. At his heaviest he weighed 217 pounds at two years old but slimmed down to 178. I have wondered over the last 5 years if I had not adopted Willie would he have been bounced back because of his size, his clock-work appetite or all the drool and shedding.
Willie drew a lot of attention. If I had a dollar for every time I was asked how much he weighed or ate, I'd be a very wealthy person. He gave me an opportunity to talk to people, to tell them about the breed and about rescue. He won biggest dog two years in a row at the Walk for Animals in Golden Valley. He was loved by all those at the vet too.
On January 17th, 2012, I lost Willie to a brain tumor. It was a tragic ending and I will feel his absence for a very long time. He loved me unconditionally. He never let me out of his sight, even with that one big beautiful brown eye. I gave him the life he deserved, full of love, walks, belly rubs, treats and good food.
For my upcoming birthday (Feb 2), my wish is to raise $1000 for Saint Bernard Rescue in memory of Willie. Willie is just one example of the loving and dedicated Saint Bernards that need help finding their forever loving home.
Please make a donation and give more Saints like Willie their chance to go home and be loved.
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