In July 2012, an elderly man in San Bernardino, California, passed away after being seriously injured while attempting to save a stray puppy who had impaled itself on fencing which surrounded his property. In the man’s rush to save the wounded pup, he fell and broke his femur and hip.
The injuries that the man sustained ultimately claimed his life, and the pup that he had attempted to rescue passed away as well. Left behind were four of the man’s companion dogs, and his grieving daughter, Claudia Swing, who vowed to find each of her father’s dogs a new home.
On Friday night, the National Dog News Examiner received an update from Claudia about the outcome of her efforts…
She shared her story:
I wanted to give you all an update, after 2 years, 5 months and 22 days since my Dad passed away, I took my Dad’s 4th adoptable dog – Victor to his forever home today. I never ever would have imagined the journey this has been.
She recounted her thoughts at her father’s funeral…how she reflected on the many things that she had learned from the man who had raised her, and how he had instilled in her the most important traits, including honesty, respect, integrity and kindness.
I promised myself and to my Dad that I would find homes for his dogs no matter how long it took – they would never go to a shelter. I have been called crazy, ridiculous and just plain stupid for doing what I have done. But I don’t regret one minute of it. I saved four more lives again, that no doubt would not have made it out of a shelter around here alive.
The dogs were not easy placements and it took a great deal of patience, devotion and work to find them all new homes. Claudia noted that one dog, named Victor, was now in his new home, “sleeping and snoring and settling in and loving his walks on the beach.”
She updated the current situation for a brown and white pit bull mix named Newlie:
Another dog, Newlie is now living in Port Orchard WA, and through some very odd circumstances, those folks live about a hour from my (retirement home) in WA and when I go to my house they bring Newlie – now Nicolai over for visits.
Every dog is safe and cared for now – thanks to the efforts of one devoted daughter who honored her father’s memory in the best way possible. Claudia wrote:
I completed my promise I made on July 26, 2012. As difficult and exhausting as all of this has been I do not regret it one bit. I could never ever imagine abandoning those dogs. I now realize how much I am like my Dad. Isn’t it odd that we don’t realize things such as that when it surrounds us daily?
I reflect so much on the past and think of my Dad constantly and have never felt the pain of losing someone as I have with my Dad. But I am comforted in knowing that the apple does not fall far from the tree and I would not change anything. I still have a long ways to go, but four furkids are now in their forever homes and what a great ending is that.
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