As we celebrated the safe finish at the second Boston Marathon after the catastrophic bombing of 2013, we remember those who helped our family and friends during that horrific day.
Being a dog lover, I was so touched by Adele’s story as told to me by her mom. Adele is the first cardiac dog in the United States. Adele was one block away with her mom, whom she protects with her life, when the explosions began. With all of the chaos and confusion, Adele’s dad, had been separated from the two of them. Seeing the panic in the eyes of Adele and her mom, searching and screaming desperately for her husband, the crowds rallied and chanted, “Jeff” until they were thankfully re-united. When the crowds realized how vulnerable Adele was with the hoards of people running for their lives, many formed a human shield to keep them from being trampled.
There were so many heartwarming stories played over and over that day. The love of this dog for her mom, instinctively knowing that the tremendous stress being placed on her heart, literally and figuratively, could bring imminent danger and require life saving efforts.
Because all transportation had ceased, Adele and her mom and dad, had to walk 11 miles before they reached their home.
It has been two years since the bombings. Adele is now preparing to retire and let the transition begin with a new service dog taking care of her mother. Due to the major expenses that will be incurred, there will be a fundraiser in Boston on Friday, May 15th. These contributions will assist with the costs of training the new labrador, Hector, through Canine Partners For Life. Please go to Adele’s website to get more information on the fundraising efforts, www.bit.ly/martyandadele
Adele is in my book, DOGS ON CAPE COD. I am honored to have her; she is an outstanding dog who has given her mom a quality of life she could have never had without her.