Nugget — Shelter

Location: Schenectady, New York

Last year was one of the most mentally challenging years of my life. In March of 2020, COVID shut down New York State only one month after I had become separated. As a teacher, I was sent home, clinging to the hope that we would be back to school soon. As I was attempting to teach online through a pandemic, I continued to feel more overwhelmed and depressed. I was struggling with everything and had hit rock bottom when my Dad became extremely ill. It was during his final days while sitting at his bedside that I learned he wanted my 11 year old son to have a dog. My dad passed away on May 26 of 2020, and I knew I had to grant his final wish. What I didn’t yet realize, is that adopting a dog would help me get through one of the darkest times of my life. Nugget has so much personality and has been a perfect fit for our family. Part adventurer, part snuggler, she is without a doubt, my hero. Because of her, I was out walking and hiking and getting fresh air and sunshine again. Because of her, the nights when my son was not here were no longer so lonely and I felt protected and safe again. I may have rescued her, but there is no question in my mind that she is actually the one who saved me. She pulled me out of the darkness and helped me to find the sun again. Heroes can come in all forms. Mine just happens to be a furry four-legged canine who traveled all the way from Alabama to Upstate New York to be my American Hero.

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