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An Unsung Hero and His Blind Dog

By Robert Diiorio

To the Editor:
When we first moved into the area, we noticed that most of the neighbors have pets. Being animal lovers and seeing as we live with a cat and three puppies of our own, we knew we were a perfect fit.
One home stood out from the rest on the block. As many as six dogs could be seen running in the yard. We started referring to them as “the pack.”
Then, we met the owner, who was quite an elderly gentleman named Dave. He was a volunteer for years at the “Beacon Animal Rescue.” Each member of Dave’s crew came from a faraway place in the country, and each one has a story. He is their last hope!
Dave’s latest rescue, “Coco,” lost his companion to cancer. Coco is fourteen years old, a matted mess, and blind. He was scheduled to be put down. That was two years ago. Now, Coco hears us walking by and strolls down the driveway to greet us. That gets the rest of the pack howling. Dave lovingly calls it his choir.
Since Pope Francis said, “of course, all dogs go to heaven,” we know Dave will have one hell of a heavenly choir waiting for him!
Please, adopt, volunteer, donate, or contribute to Beacon Animal Rescue or other local shelters. God bless Dave and his singing family!

                                                                      Bob Diiorio writes from Seaville.

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