Chester — Shelter

Location: Edgewood, Kentucky

We rescued Chester from horrible conditions. At the age of 8 weeks, we found out Chester has a disease called Megaesophagus. Since I have limited space, I won’t go into the disease specifics. There is a lot of work involved in Chester’s care, but he is the hero of so many of us. He has become the “spokes dog” for spreading awareness to not only pet owners, but also veterinarians. So many still recommend euthanizing even though the disease can be managed. Chester is my true life hero. Without him, I don’t think I would be here. He gave me purpose and a reason to live. He has given me a life’s goal and ambition to be a voice for our special needs pets. He brought me out of my depression and made me realize I have a reason to live. He’s a strong, energetic boy that doesn’t realize his “normal” isn’t the normal for other dogs. When I say he saved me, I truly mean it. I was on the edge and ready to jump. Chester has given me so much purpose and I’ll continue to fight this disease with him. For the rest of my life, I’ll continue to spread awareness about his disease and let others know that it isn’t a death sentence. The picture of Chester is of his upright time in his bailey chair. The chair is a life saving tool for him. Gravity has to do the work to get the food to his stomach. Chester is an amazing boy. He gave me the will to live.