The inseparable bond between a little dog and the human whose heart he stole seven years ago is now paying dividends to an Alabama humane society, literally.
Thursday, the Petco Foundation presented a $5,000 check to the Montgomery County Humane Society, the culmination of an ongoing love between a man and his dog that couldn’t be stopped, even in the middle of a war halfway around the world.
The foundation puts on its annual Holiday Wishes campaign, asking animal adopters to share how their pet has changed their lives. Paul Cancino submitted his powerful story.
Cancino was training for the Air Force back in 2010 which brought him to Montgomery, home of Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex. While in Alabama’s capital city, Cancino visited the humane society.
“We found each other…it was an instant connection,” he explained of his introduction to a 12 pound, brown and white Chihuahua he calls Texas.
Life was full of uncertainty, Cancino wrote to the foundation, and he found himself deployed not once but twice to Afghanistan. Still, “I was certain I made the right choice in adopting Tex,” he explained.
Other troops talked to their spouses or kids on the calls home. Cancino, who carried a picture of his “little brother” in his wallet, called home for Texas and made sure he got birthday and Christmas gifts.
Cancino eventually made it back stateside and to the pup that “gave me a purpose”. At first, he just wanted to pay things forward through some volunteer work.
“What started off as a few hours a month cleaning kennels soon turned to six full days a month matching people to the right dog, and the right dog to the right home,” he wrote. Today, they’ve helped hundreds of animals find their forever homes.
“My little brother the bacon eater, the Chihuahua named after a big state, who fears nothing except thunder and baths, may never know he saved lives,” Cancino concludes, “and those whose lives he saved may never know him—but there are a lot more wet noses and wagging tails out there who got a second chance because of Texas.”
And with an extra $5,000, the Montgomery Humane Society should be able to help continue the same mission and passion of Cancino and Texas.
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