My name is Patrick Jennings and I wanted to relay a big ol’ thank you to all of you working hard there at the shelter every day, month and year! My story is simple but profound.

In July 2007, recovering from a bone marrow transplant, I lost my dog Cricket due to liver failure. She was 14 years old. She was a Terrier/Chihuahua mix. I was very close to her. I did not want another dog, as I thought no other dog could compare to her. After about 5 months of pushing from my wife, I reluctantly started looking at dogs on Petfinder.com.

On December 26, 2007 (after only 5 minutes of looking), I saw a picture of Roxy, a Terrier/Chihuahua mix who looked identical to Cricket. I just knew I had to have that dog! This was a 500 mile trip each way for us. We decided it would be good for us to get out of town for a short while, so off we went. When I arrived your staff was so very helpful. They told us that Roxy and 2 other dogs were involved in a house fire and their owner lost the house (not sure what happened to them). They also told us that Roxy was very offish and seemingly not extra friendly. We went out to the meeting room and she immediately jumped into my lap and felt right at home. It was an instant special connection on both sides!

You had told us that she was approximately 2 1/2 years old, which was nearly the exact date of my transplant (June 23, 2005). So, we were both born, and me reborn, on the same day (approximately)! Long story short, is that she has been a special companion for me.. We are always together! She sleeps on the bed with us, curls up and watches movies with us, and never likes to be too far away from me. She is the most beloved animal I have ever had! My health is excellent now and life is good. Dogs can really put a lot of joy in your life! So thank you very much for your hard work and especially for saving Roxy!

Patrick Jennings
Tacoma, Washington