Falling ill and not being able to take care of your pets is most people’s worst nightmare, especially when there’s no one you can turn to in such a situation. Such was the case for one veteran from Vietnam, who suffered from a heart Aᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ back in 2015. And he lost his 2 dogs.
James Pack, a 58-year-old Vietnam War veteran from Newark, Delaware, was Aᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋed and had to be hospitalized for several weeks. While he recovered, his two dogs, Baily and Blaize, were taken to a rescue center to be cared for. But unfortunately, it took a long time for the veteran to get back on his feet again.
James’ stay in the hospital was extended by a couple of months, and then the shelter decided to offer the dogs up for adoption. When he came out of the hospital, he was devastated to find out that he had lost his dogs.
The veteran wanted desperately to get his dogs back, but for a long time, it just wasn’t possible.
“He loved them a lot but when he did get better, he wasn’t in a position to get them back,” Lindsay said. “He was getting back on his feet- and finally on December 16, 2015, he came to see them for the first time in months and put a deposit down to get them back.”
Nelissa Eagle was one of the kennel staff working at FSAC PetSmart where the man’s dogs were being held said: ” He cried when he found out that he no longer had 2 dogs. “
On the day that he went to pick up his dogs, Nelissa was there- and as she learned about his story, she became determined to help him.
They arranged a meeting for the man and the two dogs. And it was such a touching moment
When James walks into the pet store, with no idea of what lay ahead for him. He was truly emotional when he realizes that the adoption fee had been covered, and ends up crying. In gratitude, he blows a kiss up to the sky, before finally having the sweetest reunion with his dogs!
“She saw him with his dogs for the first time in months and how he was in awe and so were the dogs!” Lindsay said. “He sat on the floor with them as they licked him and went crazy with joy. Come to find out to much surprise of all the staff they were very well trained too!”