Dear everyone at C.A.R.E.,
I am writing to thank you for all of the work that you do and for uniting me with the most wonderful dog in the world, who has given me the nine best years of my life. Lamar was my loyal friend, my companion, my baby boy, and my protector. He gave me joy, taught me how to live, and took my fears away.
I met Lamar at C.A.R.E. in 1998, and as I recall he did not have a very good life up until then. I remember being told that he had been picked up as a stray, and judging by his behavior, he had clearly been abused- beaten with sticks and kicked with feet. He was a very skittish dog who was afraid to be touched, responded aggressively to the movement of strangers, and had never been walked on a leash in his life. At one point I think some feared he was simply not adoptable. But being a very intelligent and sensitive creature, he was immediately loyal and trusting of me from the day I took him home. I took the advice I was given and enrolled us in dog training classes which taught him how to communicate with people and definitely gave him the confidence and reassurance that he needed at that time. This picture was taken shortly after I adopted Lamar, the day I took him to the lake for the very first time. He didn’t know what he was looking at when we went to the shore and he soon realized the joy of splashing, wading, and biting the water. In the years since he has enjoyed other lakes and rivers, made many friends both two legged and four, and evolved into a dog that was widely known for his sweetness and good temper. He had a smile that was unrelenting, even in his last days when he was so ill. Now that he is gone I am left with many good friends that I would not have met without him, and who share in so many lovely memories of the joy he brought to all of us. He will be sorely missed, but I will always be grateful for every minute we had together and for all of you for making this happen in the first place.