The Story of Calvin and Gerry
Calvin: 3-6-2001 to 4-26-2014
Gerry rescued Calvin, an 11 month old beagle, unseen, while working at a veterinary clinic. She was a Licensed Veterinary Technician. He wasn't really into Gerry that first night, but, that bond grew strong, and quick! She realized very soon that Calvin was a very, very special dog! A few years after she got him, she got sick and had to retire. He helped her with her severe depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations.
He had 2 expensive exploratory surgeries (Feb 28 and Mar 28, 2010) for an obstructed bowel. He started fashioning a basket muzzle, other wise making him known as "Hannibal the Cannibal". These surgeries were in excess of $2000 each.
It’s very, very hard on a person with medical issues to keep up with the costs of their own medical needs, and those needs of a service animal/emotional support animal. Gerry knows what it’s like to be on a tight budget. She's on disability now. She no longer works in the veterinary field, and no longer gets the discounts or strong income. She knows what it’s like to decide on whether to pay your own medical bills, or that of your Service Animal/Emotional Support Animal. She knows what it’s like to decide if you should get the expensive dog food because your dog has allergies, or the cheap dog food because you need to eat that month, but then the dog suffers. Heaven forbid an emergency comes up like she had with Calvin! She thanks God every day that her parents were able to help her with the first surgery. The second one, she had to refinance her car to pay for the surgery.
It’s been very tedious financially to keep things going. This is why she wanted to create an organization in Calvin’s memory. To help those who need financial assistance with veterinary bills, grooming bills, and food for their Service Animals/Emotional Support Animals.
Calvin left her during a really rough time in her life. Her mother had seriously injured her good leg the summer before, and just as she got out of physical rehabilitation, her father's Congestive Heart Failure got worse. He went in the hospital for a surgery. He ended up going straight to a nursing home, and come home just in time to die 2 weeks later....Just 3 months shy of the one year anniversary of Calvin's death. All this happened in a matter of 1.5 years. So, now, this project, CalvinCare, which is something she has been dreaming about for a couple years, is keeping her busy. Keeping her focused on the fact that everyone out there with a service animal or emotional support animal, doesn't need to worry about their own food, medical expenses, or rent, just to keep their "lifeline"!!!
Calvin has touched many lives with his cute face, kind heart, and old soul. He is missed by many, many people! This organization couldn't have picked a more perfect dog to honor!