A Season for Everything
As we enter the warmth and green of spring, having turned the final corner on winter and
its short and dark days, I’m
reminded that there is a season for everything and a special time for each and every life.
Happily, we celebrated the recent birth of the C-26 litter – five females and three males – Fidelco’s 627th litter of
German Shepherd Guide Dog puppies. Sadly, we shared the conclusion of another noble working life with the
passing of Fidelco Guide Dog “E.T.” Perhaps these souls
passed one another on their journey? I believe they did
because for every time in life there is a purpose.
Fidelco’s life-changing mission would not be possible
without the financial support of our donors. As a tribute
to you, I’m sharing a very special email that we received from Fidelco client “Jay M.” It is a loving tribute to his
Guide Dog and to all of you who helped to make their
partnership a reality.
Eliot D. Russman
CEO and Executive Director
Dear Fidelco Family,
With deep sadness I am writing to notify Fidelco of the loss of…”E.T.”, my beloved guide dog for the past ten years. I retired E.T…due to medical reasons: diminishing eyesight, hearing, [and] lasting effects of major abdominal surgery to remove
a large tumor.
E.T. also had a stroke this past summer and never fully
recovered from it. At that point in her life she greatly lost
her physical stability and ability to make normal physical biomechanical judgments.
My wife, our young son and I loved her through it. She held strong and had been doing her best to get through each day. I made a quality of life decision, that is beyond description to articulate here, to enable her to comfortably pass on to her spot beside my other two Fidelco angels, “Tasha” and “Petra.”
Fidelco is a remarkable and special organization with a mission that is so liberating for blind people. I will always be grateful and thankful to Fidelco for providing such happiness via the Guide Dogs; these wonderful dogs that enable the freedom and mobility treasured by blind people.
Here are a few memories about E.T. and the remarkable gifts she gave to my family and me:
As a consultant for the U.S. government I travel about 75%
of the time, and E.T. has visited 35 states.
E.T. carried our flowers around her neck at our wedding. She waited patiently outside the delivery room while my son was born, and witnessed his first hours into the world.
Despite ten years of firm discussions, she always has enjoyed zipping around the house after our cat, though I think the cat was chasing her most of the time.
E.T. mastered the double fist pump; whenever she wanted your attention off-duty, she would pose, double-paw pump the floor and cock her head to one side, tail wagging. It is a memory we will always remember.
E.T. has been a blessing to my family and me and with sad, but proud memories, I ask her to go with our deepest love and to keep her puppy spirit bright.
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A Vision for Veterans
Fidelco Client Inspires National Call to Action
On December 18, 2012, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) introduced S. 3689: the Senior Airman Michael Malarsie Act. Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not provide financial assistance to veterans seeking Guide Dogs or the accredited organizations to which they turn. If enacted, the Senior Airman Michael Malarsie Act would change this by creating a federally funded competitive grant program for qualified service dog agencies like Fidelco.
Read Senator Kerry's floor speech.
View S. 3689: the Senior Airman Michael Malarsie Act.
Applying for a Guide Dog
SSgt Michael Malarsie, USAF, & “Xxon”
Every seven minutes someone becomes blind or visually impaired.
If you are ready to experience increased independence and mobility with a Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dog, click here.
For more information about service dog laws and access rules:
Americans with Disabilities Act
U.S. Department of Justice
2010 Revised Requirements regarding Service Animals
DIRECTIONS TO FIDELCO
John Pimentel & "Victory"
Life is Better Than Ever
It’s often said that the most successful people
are those who have discovered their true calling
in life. At sixty years old, lifelong Portsmouth, Rhode Island resident John Pimentel can certainly be counted among them. His path to a new,
rewarding role did come at a cost - his eyesight - but John is philosophical as he tells the story of his journey and how Fidelco played a major part in his ongoing success.
John Pimentel is one of three clients whose
Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dogs were
provided by a generous grant from the Aetna Foundation in 2012.
Click here to read John's story.
Upcoming 2013 Fidelco Events
Sunday, June 9 –Annual Fundraising Dog Walk: Salem, MA
Sunday, July 21 – Ride for Independence Motorcycle Fundraiser
June 24 – August 16 – Dog Days of Summer Children’s Program
Sunday, September 29 – Annual Fundraising Dog Walk: Simsbury, CT
Saturday, October 12 – ING Hartford Marathon– Run for Team Fidelco
Saturday, November 23 and December 7 – Holiday Sale Days
Registration now open!
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