If you have a few free moments in your busy schedule, I have a true, poignant story I would like to share with you. It is about reaching out and really connecting. If I were to title the story I would call it "Giving Christmas."
Last year, a week before Christmas, I answered my phone and heard a women sobbing. I asked her how I could help her. She told me no one would help her and I was her last hope. She said she had made a burial box for her little dog who was dying. In it she had put his blanket, leash and collar. She told me she had no money to pay a veterinarian and her little dog was "all she had."
I asked her for her name and phone number and told her I would call her back. A phone call was made to the CAC Veterinarian Clinic. I called Laura (not her real name) back and told her to take her little dog to the clinic and not to worry.
For the next week I wondered about Laura's dog. Did he survive? Was he OK? What? Late on Christmas Eve I answered the phone and heard Laura crying softly. My heart filled with emotion, I told her how sorry I was. I had so hoped ... "No, no," she replied. "These are happy tears. He is here in my lap. I called to tell you, thank you. You gave me Christmas."
CHAT of Ohio president