June 2024

Hello Friend!
In May we had to make the tough decision to end the suffering of our almost 15-year-old dog, 2K.
We’d been buying time for a couple of months only at the expense of her pain. I would see a glimmer of her old self and then say to my husband Kevin that I was canceling the appointment. He would wisely encourage me to give it a few more hours, and with that lapse in time it was obvious to keep the appointment. 
Her unusual name was very fitting because the two "K" people in my family wanted her and I, the one "J," did not. I fought tooth and nail not to have a dog join our family. It would be more work and responsibility when I felt like that was the last thing I wanted. I had just had breast cancer, my husband had lost his job in the recession, and our son Karl was experiencing bullying. Eventually the two Ks won their debate and 2K entered our life when we needed her most.
2K’s high energy level was matched only by her intelligence – not a good combination. When I was home I had her on a short leash and she soon realized that was how it was going to be. Eventually I lost the leash, but she continued to be by my side. (Unless our teenager was home, then she was hanging with him.) She also had a fun sense of humor, as her breed, Tollers, are known for being mischievous. At times when my son was entertaining friends in the basement I would hear sudden screaming and uncontrolled laughter. 2K was up to her shenanigans again, perhaps finding embarrassing pieces of laundry and skillfully dodging anyone trying to catch her. She loved to make people laugh almost as much as she loved to retrieve. 
Life is full of changes. Full of hellos and full of goodbyes. This time of year it is especially poignant for our youth. Together we’ve been celebrating the end of the school year, presenting scholarships and awards. Our team members comment on how proud they are of our matches, how much they have grown and accomplished. Our Littles share how their match has been such a gift and has help them in so many ways. Our Bigs experience pride in being a part of the youth’s life, and yet, their life is forever changed too. The milestones are bittersweet. But we know for sure, once someone touches your heart, it is hard to say goodbye, but we’ll always treasure the gifts they brought to our lives. 
Thank you for making it possible for lives to be changed, for the better, forever.
Jackie Scholl Johnson
Executive Director

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