Kristi Hechler Certified Pet Sitter Certified Dog Trainer
Loving Care When You Can't Be There.
"What we do for ourselves dies with us ... what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pine - ***
- WHY RESCUE IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME -
I became involved in dog rescue after a very bad pet store experience in 2001 -- the dog that opened my eyes to the horrible reality of puppy mills and welcomed me to the world of rescue was Bruno. Bruno passed away less than 24 hours after I officially adopted him. We had formed a strong bond within minutes of our first meeting and shared many wonderful hours together -- he was a very playful little guy.
It was because of Bruno that my family looked to rescue when we decided to get a playmate for Bogie in 2004; we saw Tiggy's sweet face on PetFinder and he turned out to be the perfect match in every way possible!! From the minute we met Tiggy we felt so incredibly blessed that he had somehow found his way all the way from Kansas to our home in New York. Then, in 2007, Delilah - a precious Red Nose Pit Mix, stole my heart and soon became part of our family. Then, AGAIN, a couple years later Jersey - a handsome Pit that needed surgery to remove a tumor and ultimately lost his leg because of it - became the newest addition to our family. We lost precious Tiggy in 2009 (he passed away peacefully in his sleep); however, his spirit remains and I know he's looking down on his brothers & sister every day laughing at their antics!
For several years I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer at three local shelters -- during that time I had the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful dogs. I LOVED volunteering and encourage every animal lover out there to volunteer at a local shelter, with a rescue group, foster an animal in need, etc. It's not always easy (there is lots of heartache -- both happy and sad -- involved),but I guarantee that it will be the most rewarding thing you will ever do!
"Saving one dog will not change the world but certainly the world will change for that one dog."
SUNNY In Loving Memory -- July 2007
Sunny is a shelter dog who, unfortunately, was not lucky enough to find his forever home. He was a very sweet and special boy who will ALWAYS have a place in my heart.
** Please SAVE A LIFE and open your heart and home to a shelter animal today. **