This is just a personal thank you from Judi and I.
In the last week since Bandit passed the response from the domain community has been nothing less than incredible.
I got a least as many personal emails, as posts on the blog and even more on Facebook; we got some flowers, cards in the mail, and a ton of calls.
Each one was greatly appreciated.
People we never met but read about Bandit somewhere or heard about him even reached out to us.
As they say, Friends and foe, from close and far, some people we hadn’t seen or heard from in years, all got to us one way or the other.
Many shared poems, or verses or stories.
Dog lovers, pet lovers and lovers of life.
What an effect a ten pound ball of love had on so many.
There were some special people, people that without whose support we wouldn’t have made it through the week.
I will mention just a few.
Ray Neu and Kimberly Howard.
Who could you ask to do the impossible and take care of your loved one and make sure they get to their final resting place safe secure and with love?
It was a duty I asked them to do because I couldn’t.
It wasn’t any easier on them, but they helped us in a way we can never repay.
Barbara and Howard Neu.
If you get really lucky in your life you will have as good a friend as they have been to Judi and I.
Many of the pics you see of Bandit, especially in the last few years, they were taken by Barbara; not only taken but arraigned, framed and perfected.
They are truly priceless.
Rick and Alina Schwartz.
Rick is a tough guy but he has a soft spot and he came up with a TRAFFIC award in Bandit’s honor within a couple of days of his passing.
Alina took it upon herself to get with John Feber and Jenna Wehner to set up a foundation for Bandit on microgiving.com on a totally gratis basis with 100% of all contributions going to the foundation.
Their support has meant the world to us. We can’t thank them enough.
Today we buried Bandit.
I was a gorgeous day, the service was wonderful and he is resting in a perfect spot wrapped in a Betty Boop blanket that Judi received as a gift. He looked at peace and getting some rest after an exhausting life.
Now we are going to focus our energy on helping other animals who haven’t even had one day in their lives as good as Bandit had thousands.
The little one just want someone to love them and someone they can love.
This is what they were put on this earth for.
The site is now live with a goal of raising $20,000.
Once we raise the $20K Judi and I will put in $10K more and then we will contribute the money to organizations which have a history or rescuing small dogs and cats and a history of finding homes for them.
We will personally vet all organizations before a penny is handed out.
If you can we ask you to give.
We also recognize that not everyone is a dog person or cat person and to those we say in this holiday season, help someone, children, the elderly, the homeless, Veterans; there are plenty of people that need help as well, so help.
Now we journey off to meet Judi’s son, my stepson who has been serving in Afghanistan for the last 6 months as he gets a two week break.
When it comes time for him to go back to finish out his service, its going to be tough once again, but we have a great couple of weeks to look forward to.