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judges 2011


Entry Category Emerging Hero Dogs
Charity Partner Pine Street Foundation (Canine Cancer Detection)
Location Windsor Locks, Connecticut


This is my dog Kelly. To many she may be ordinary but for me, she is extraordinary. I took Kelly on as a foster dog in 1998, thinking I was saving her but I soon realized that it was Kelly saving me. I had decided to volunteer at a local shelter during one of the darkest times of my life and when I saw no light at the end of the tunnel for me, I found Kelly, a dog that needed me to live for her. Kelly has inspired me to always see a bright spot in life no matter what life throws at you. Because of Kelly, I took on extra work and saved enough money so that she and I could have a place of our own. She inspired me to do anything I had to do to keep her with me, to never give up and I did it with her help.

In 2010, I learned Kelly had a degenerative eye disease that would eventually make her blind despite my efforts to try to restore her sight. Today, Kelly is a whisper of the feisty, comical girl she used to be. She is no longer the cutest dog and people will remark about the fact that she doesn't have her eyes anymore and feel sorry for her but she and I know better. Life threw us curveballs and we persevered. We have our lumps and bumps from life but we made it through TOGETHER. We win!

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