George — Shelter

Location: Smyrna, Tennessee

Dear reader,

My name is Laura, I am a law enforcement officer in Tennessee. In the fall of 2019 I was sexually assaulted by a coworker. Several weeks following the assault I was feeling very lonely and being a huge dog lover, I felt a trip to the shelter would cheer me up to pet the dogs. I had no intentions of leaving with a dog as I had my pitbull Smoak at home. I walked in and met George, who stole me heart and without a single ounce of doubt had him in my home that night. He quickly became my best friend. A little over a month later his former owners began an online campaign to get him back after never looking for him while he was missing. They harassed me, threatened my career and threatened to steal him back, but I held my ground, he was family and had ran away from them multiple times. I almost lost my job and became quickly shunned for protecting this animal that was more than a “dog” to me. Little did I know, the man that assaulted me was working in the background trying to get me out. I now have a diagnosis of PTSD, anxiety, and depression from the events at that career, have moved to a different department, and have continued to have George by my side every day. We walk trails, hike, train, and never with a leash. This dog has literally saved my life when I was at my lowest. Dogs are the most amazing beings and I can’t thank him enough for what he has given me over the last two years, but I owe him my life, and maybe that’s the way he feels, so maybe we’re even?

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