This was written by Trigger's owner, it will take a few minutes but it is SO worth the time... So I was asked to write a short description about my dog Trigger. But first I want to thank the Animals In Need Fund and also the generous people who support their work. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM and TOP OF MY HEART! If it weren't for the work they do, my heart would be broken. I would have lost my dear friend Trigger. Like so many people in the world today, we barely get by financially, yet we are blessed with the unconditional love we receive from our animal companions. Most times, it is the most precious and valuable thing we have. To imagine how you let that loyal and dependent companion suffer from illness or worse make the decision to have them euthanized, because of financial hardships, is unimaginable. Well that was the decision I was faced with, and it was ripping me to pieces because I didn't have the resources to afford Trigger’s surgery. I was devastated.
Let me tell you about Trigger and how he has impacted my life. Eight years ago, he was adopted from Woods Humane Society at about 10 months old and looked under nourished and sad, not like the other dogs and puppies there who were barking and whining for attention. I related to that because I suffer from a Bipolar condition, one that is hard to control with medication. I recognized that look in Trigger’s face. A look of giving in and giving up to the situation he was placed in. After his adoption, this dog thought I was the coolest! We buddied around every day, doing everyday things.
I've had many episodes of bipolar depression that would consume me, but the rescued had become the rescuer and there were many days when I just wouldn't have cared if I got out of bed or not. But, I had a responsibility to Trigger to walk him and care for him and that made life through those episodes bearable. Maybe he knew I needed to get up and get moving. He saved me by getting me out of my head and back into the world. When Trigger became ill, I was afraid of losing him and also worried about how long would I survive without my guardian angel. It was looking very grim for us both. It was a very real possibility that Trigger may very well out live me with the death of my companion on my shoulders because of a financial situation. I was completely withdrawing from the world and my own life and this time, Trigger was too sick to save me. So I got motivated and pissed off and reached out to friends on Facebook and made calls seeking solutions and several friends suggested the Animals In Need Fund. AINF was able to help provide a loan for the cost of Trigger’s vet bill. With a few calls and emails, I was contacted and told that I was approved for a financial assistance loan. I broke down and cried. The stress of the surgery, the cost of the surgery and my own mental hurdles were lifted from my overwhelmed ability to help myself. I could now focus on getting Trigger back to his best… and back on his watch over my simple human existence. That call from Dawnde at The Animals In Need Fund was priceless. We are so grateful to her and whatever spiritual grave she possesses that let her have the patience to work smoothly with hyper-sensitive pet daddies without once even looking as if she was going to call security, hahaha. Also the people you never see who make this such an amazing entity that helps pets and their "owners" survive such a devastating situation. Only had to do 1 application and they saved 2 lives.
Here are a few pictures of Trigger happy (always smiling) out doing what dogs and pets do, bringing joy to our lives!
We would like to thank the Animals In Need Fund and it supporters, Dawnde for being so professional (I didn't get even 1 eye roll from her). And to my dear friend Peter D, for just doing what he could, when he knew I was slipping away fast. Thanks for reading Trigger’s Tale.
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