Skip to comments.THANK YOU PET OWNERS! Injured Marine Needs Help, Freepers Respond!
Posted on 01/03/2005 9:56:58 AM PST by 2Jedismom
As many of you know, The Hobbit Hole has been following the story of Andy, a young Marine that was injured in Fallujah on Thanksgiving Day. You can read about our initial introduction to Andy here...
Ive posted periodic updates from his mother and the Hobbit Hole has sent cards and even sent him a couple of our knives, one especially fine knife with his name engraved on it, as a token of our appreciation.
Andy is doing well, although he had to make the decision not long ago to have his wounded leg removed. Since then, he has really progressed. He still has quite a bit of rehab to go.
If you have the Time Magazine with Bush on the front...the Man of the Year magazine...Andy is in the section where he is getting his Purple Heart from President Bush. He is shaking the presidents hand. You can see Andy, but all you can see of Bush is his hand and forearm.
At this current time, his parents are staying at the Navy Lodge and I asked them if there was anything we could do for them. They had only one request and I thought I would pass it on to the animal lovers of this forum.
They need help with the cost of boarding both Andys dog Gus, and their own animals during the time they are staying with Andy. The animals are being boarded at:
Fur Family Members Pet Care
2110 Strickland Bridge Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28304
If you can help with this, even if just a little, please send a check to this business, designated Hatcher Boarding Costs. The Hatchers have asked for nothing except this one thing and they didnt even ask for this until I asked them.
Thanks for any help you can give...
Dog lovers, pet lovers... this is a very real part of life that becomes difficult whenever a family has an extended recovery period far from home. I know I'd be up a creek in such a circumstance with my life, dogs and horses needing to just be put on "pause" for a while. We all know they can't. If you will consider writing small (or large) checks for this family, I think it would be money well spent. This Marine has given alot to us.
Pinging for one of our wounded.
Thanks, you two!
Chris, Andy's mom, told me that she absolutely couldn't believe the kindness shown her from the Hobbit Hole. From strangers.
Thanks for letting us know about the needs of Andy and his family, 2J!
I think Corin scanned it and can post it
Sam's insisting that I send something tonite...
Here is the latest update...just in today...
Got an email from Andy's mom! Has a new address too, to send cards or letters to.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Once again we want to thank you for all your positive thoughts, cards, emails and prayers!!!!
Andy has been transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.....its is approx. 7 miles from Bethesda. Any mail sent to Bethseda will be brought to him by the Marine Liaisons Office. George and I are continuing to stay at the Navy Lodge. When Andy is released from the hospital and classified as an outpatient, he will be living at the Mologne House on post....we willl stay with him until he is comfortable getting around on his own.
Andy is getting his strength back....he lost quite a bit of weight...the transfer to WRAMC is very positive...he is healing quickly and has remained infection-free!!! They will continue to monitor his hearing loss and eyesight, as well as the shrapnel wound on his arm. Thank goodness he was in excellent physical condition when he was injured!!!!! His full rehab - including physical and occupational therapy - will take 6 - 8 months....inbetween phases he should get some weekend passes and 30 days convalescent leave. He is expected to fully recover and with the help of advanced technology, be able to everything he wants to do....run, swim, rock climb, etc. !!! It's all pretty amazing! He will be fully evaluated by his rehab team early next week...so we will take one day at a time as we begin the next phase of "Andy's Excellent Adventure!"
If you would like to stay in touch...Andy's address is:
Chris and George
Forwarding this to a friend who lives in Fayetteville.
That is a good lookin' pooch!
I made sure to put the phone number for accountability. Patriciaruth and the Hobbit Hole can vouch for my integrity. That's very important to me.
Our cats say since it's for a Marine, okay.
I tried calling, but they don't pick up. Do you have any connections to let them know that folks are calling?
How much does the boarding cost per day? And how long do they foresee needing to board the dog? I know it's probably hard to say...
Never mind--I answered my own question by visiting the website for the kennel. It costs $17 per night.
Great info! Can you post the link?
I was told that the owner's name is Lisa Adams.
Just wondering out loud: has the boarding kennel owner been approached to consider a contribution "in kind" knowing the reasons why these pets need housing for a period of time?
I would hope that he/she would give Andy and his parents a cost 'break'.
Please note that the address given at the beginning of this thread is slightly different than the address given on the website. Above, it says 2110 Strickland Bridge Road and on the website it says 2102 Stickland.
Never doubted for a minute.
I noticed that too...I suspect it's all at the same general area...their home is their business, according to that website.
Just to be safe, though, I'd use the one from the website.
help for Marine ping.
worthy cause bump
Just a thought.....
I had a dog in the dog hospital for 2 weeks. While I was there I met a girl who's home and burned down and she had to board her dog because she was living in a hotel. I offered to take her dog to my home so she would be able to visit him as often as she wished, not have a $210 a week bill, and know that he would have a big yard to play in and be well cared for.
Would it be possible to contact a kind person in the Fayetteville area who would be able to foster the dog in their home while the marine is in the hospital? A home is always better than being boarded.
It's a good thought, and if I were in that area, my home would be what I would offer. There also exist some military pet foster programs, but they aren't everywhere.
That kind of thing has to kind of fall in your lap. It isn't easy to go looking for a good samaritan.
I agree...that would be ideal.
Hmmm....I have a big back yard...I don't live anywhere near there, but maybe someone in my area could use a "baby" sitter!
Thank you very much!
Done! Thanks for this post, we are passing it on to our pet/vet friends
PetroniDE, would you be able to ping the kitty caption list to this thread? I'm sure some of those folks would love to help out.
I looked into trying to foster military pets here, being able to take on anything from dogs and cats to horses or a goat, but there wasn't an organized program here, and I didn't think I had the gumption to start one. But I am near Fort Lewis, and could take on critters for the duration of deployments and such, if any in need read this message.
Ping to our Marine FRiend Andy from a few weeks ago.
Thanks to all who have helped so far... It is very appreciated!
Yes indeed! Many thanks!
Did anyone get in touch with the boarders and let them know folks were calling?
I haven't tried to call...thought I'd try after 3:30pm central...looks like they might be around then, according to the website (wouldn't that be 4:30pm NC time?)
Did they have an answering machine?
Only reason I'm asking is that a lot of us are "electronic" these days. I don't have ANY bills that I don't pay online...so checks are out-of-date...I'm happy to contribute electronically.
Oh yeah...I'd like to talk to her about PayPal. When I was sending the troops the Hobbit Hole care packages, that's how most of the contributors did it and it was very easy.
If I get ahold of her first, I'll let you know and you do likewise, ok? Her name is Lisa Adams...
This is the email from the website...
While I wouldn't abuse the Dose ping list by using it here, just thought we could help spread the word. Maybe a mention and link on today's Dose, for whoever's doing it? Lot's of animal lovers are regulars.
When was the last time someone told you that you were a PEACH?
I just emailed asking about the possibility of PayPal.