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HI! My name is Otis and I have a very special story. It goes something like this...
My owner was a teacher, whose love for animals was instilled in her heart by her father.
She spent many years in the big city with her husband and son before moving to the
country and acquiring a menagerie of animals. One day, a parent of one of her
students brought in a Redbone Coonhound and my mother fell in love. (The coonhound
was my future father Sparky!) Though she was raised with dachshunds and married
a man who claimed Bassett Hounds would be the dog of choice in her home, my
mother decided this was a breed of dog she just had to have!
Rufus, my brother came home first and he was an awesome friend to my mother,
so much so that when Ruby and Sparky (my mommy & daddy) had another litter
on September 12th, 2005 my mom couldn't help but pick me too. Through she
already had so many rescue dogs, the sight of me and my siblings playing in a
plastic swimming pool and the cute little white spot on my nose made her fall in
love all over again.
I lived with my family for 8 years. I brought my mother so much joy, frustration
and love each and every day for those 8 years. My favorite place to sleep was
on her bed but always on her husband's side.
Then came the day, September 2, 2013, when my mom went outside and called and called for me but I never came. She was so sad. She
didn't know if I'd gotten off the property or not and I was nowhere to be found. While she drove around the neighborhood searching for me,
her husband, son and daughter-in-law looked all over the property.
Finally, her husband brought her the news that he had found me. He thought I'd died of heat stroke but upon closer inspection discovered that
I had been shot on our own property. The police were called and my mother took me to our vet. Even though my mother didn't want to she
had our vet do an autopsy and remove the bullet for the police. Much to her surprise they discovered and removed 2 bullets from
different guns. To say she was devastated was a huge understatement! She had me cremated and today I rest in peace on her nightstand
by the bed where I loved to sleep.
Through many months of depression and sadness, my mother finally came to terms with my death. Each one of her "babies" have a history
and a story, but none like mine. She has finally come to the realization that I will never come home again and being vindictive is not something
I would want for her to feel so she decided to turn this devastating event into something with a positive purpose.
I didn't die in vain.
Through my death, "THE FRIENDS OF OTIS" Foundation was born.
The foundation will provide assistance to families who may not have the extra
finances available to save their pet in an emergency situation. Pets who might die
or be euthanized, who would otherwise have a chance at survival are candidates
for assistance. So many people have a love for animals, whether they are dogs,
cats or whatever. The joy, happiness, comfort and unconditional love they give
is priceless and in return their lives should not come at a price. Since my passing,
3 animals lives have already been saved.
My mother loved me so much and misses me everyday and by establishing this foundation for the pets of New Braunfels Veterinary Clinic,
she hope to save other pet owners the loss she felt with me. She will give as many gifts as she can in my memory, however, if you would
like to make to donations to the foundation they will be greatly appreciated and will open the doors to helping even more animals.
|Donations can be made to the
"Friends of Otis"
foundation by contacting:
New Braunfels Veterinary Clinic
1868 Common Street , New Braunfels TX 78130
(c/o Karen Reber / Lauren Bueche)
All cases are screened by the veterinarians and staff at New Braunfels
Veterinary Clinic before the foundation is notified and all funds are
dispersed on an as needed basis.
Thank you so much for loving our "Friends"!