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A Dog’s Loyalty Knows No Limits

A Dog’s Loyalty Knows No Limits

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.

A Service Dog Brings a Shelter Dog Home

Adele, a black Labrador Retriever, was the first cardiac alert service dog in the United States. Trained from a puppy through Canine Partners for Life, she was able to join a family, once she graduated, at two years old. The family she joined had a young mom who had been diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope, a chronic condition that causes frequent fainting. With Adele’s ability to recognize a change in scent or sound, she can detect the warning signs before the fainting occurs.

Adele IMG_4280 for blog post 4x50Adele is not allowed to play with others in the family for fear of distraction, so the decision was made to adopt a dog for their seven-year-old son. The boy wanted his own companion and playmate.

Taking a drive to a nearby shelter with Adele in tow, they set out to find the perfect dog. Upon arrival, Adele began to inspect all of the dogs. She was methodical in guiding her mom to every cage, around every corner, to observe each dog. Approaching one cage, Adele noticed a four-year-old Collie. Her body language spoke volumes. Adele had made her selection. Within minutes, she settled down in front of the Collie’s cage. She wasn’t moving until it was confirmed that this dog was coming home.

Chewbacca IMG_4427 for blog post 4x50The Collie, now named Chewbacca, became a wonderful family dog. Adele and Chewbacca, Chewy for short, were instantly fast friends. Both have now been part of the family for eight years. They understand their defined roles. They both provide the unconditional gift of comfort, security and companionship.