The young soldier knelt down on one knee and hugged his best friend, Jake, for the last time. He ruffed up his neck and kissed his ears and then sadly, surrendered him to the Tacoma & Pierce County Humane Society.
The Golden Retriever looked as scared as the Soldier was sad. This was the last time he would see his ‘dad’ because the Army called and the Soldier had to go.
Working out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the young Soldier was being shipped overseas and was unable to find a home for his best friend.
“He’s a good boy”, he said, tearing up. “A really good boy.”
When a soldier serves, so does the family. Many times that includes the only family a Soldier might have, his dog.
In this case the Soldier had no friends who were willing to step up and keep Jake for the year-long deployment.
Surrendering Jake was no doubt one of the most heartbreaking things this young Soldier had to do.
But this turns out to be a good story, especially for Jake and the family who fell in love with his face on the Humane Society’s web page; enough so that the Marshall family drove all the way from Marysville to Tacoma to meet him. (another online romance!)
Like so many people, the Marshalls admit that they had a cute-n-cuddly puppy in mind when the time came for them to adopt a dog. But Jake stole their heart.
The happy ‘tail’ is that Jake found a forever home in Marysville with a kind and loving family. He was saved from an uncertain future.
According to the Tacoma & Pierce County Humane Society’s newsletter the Marshalls say everything has worked out beautifully and Jake is a “good boy. A really good boy!.”
Examiner’s Note: Soldiers have several options when it comes to their dogs and a deployment. The best advice is to think ahead. If a friend or family member is not open to assuming the responsibilities of a dog for a year, surrendering your pet isn’t the only answer.
One thing that surrender’s should keep in mind, in the future, if you are ever in the market to adopt a dog from a rescue agency, most of them have a solid rule: If you have EVER surrendered a dog, no matter what the reason, they will not let you adopt. Period.
Please check out Guardian Angels for Soldiers. It is one of several organizations that ensure pets are returned to their owners following a deployment (combat or peacetime).
Make sure your treasured pet is waiting for you when you get home!
If you would like to support the Tacoma & Pierce County Humane Society, log on here and support the upcoming Dog-A-Thon. Your contribution helps animals like Jake who have no voice or choice in their lives
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