Aug. 20 Update: I have been notified that T-Bone is in no danger at the animal impound facility. The staff is working hard to find him a loving home and feel that his chances of being adopted are high due to his good personality. Thank you to all who expressed concern for this beautiful dog.
Camp Pendleton, CA – Our military men and women put their lives on the line for their country day after day…subjecting themselves to situations that most individuals can not imagine. These soldiers serve and protect, going the extra mile for their country on a regular basis.
It’s a rare day when a soldier asks others for help, but when that request is extended, it only seems right that our nation’s citizens do what they can to fulfill that request. The following is one Marine’s plea for assistance.
While deployed to the battle-fields of Iraq in 2008, a Marine discovered that he was stricken with cancer. In order to fight this battle for his life, he was flown back to the United States, where he underwent stem cell treatment and endured extended hospital stays.
During this time, another battle was brewing. Camp Pendleton had instigated a breed-ban against Pit Bulls during the time of the soldier’s deployment and hospitalization.
The ban requires that Pit bulls, owned by military personnel living on base, pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. The Marine, fighting his own battle with cancer, now had to jump through hoops to keep his beloved companion, T-Bone, from going to a shelter at Camp Pendleton.
In light of T-Bone’s owner’s circumstances, an extended waiver for passing the test was requested. In the meantime, the dog was enrolled in obedience classes, which he passed.
Unfortunately, circumstances were working against T-bone and his owner. The Good Canine course was canceled due to a lack of enrollment.
In an effort to get the necessary classes in before the extended waiver expired, T-Bone’s owner took him to drop in classes. T-Bone was an excellent student, passing all of the required commands – except one…he did not master the “Stay” command before the extension ran out. This one, small command landed the dog in jail.
Camp Pendleton’s animal control impounded the good-natured Pit Bull. Today, he is in the Base’s animal shelter facility. There are so many aspects of this situation that are both frustrating, and heart-breaking.
T-Bone has a great temperament, he gets along with people and children and his best buddy is a Chihuahua named Paco. T-Bone is young, athletic and friendly, yet he is impounded due to his breed. T-Bone attempted to pass his tests, but the classes were canceled, and he simply ran out of time.
Perhaps the most frustrating of all? T-Bone’s owner is separating from the military this Spring. T-Bone is so close to being free from the rules that imprison him. So close, and yet, so far.
Here is what is needed to help T-Bone, and his military owner: A foster home for the time period between now and the time that the Marine is out of the military. Or, a permanent adoptive home for T-Bone. Someone that can provide a safe haven for the beautiful, young dog.
A final detail; arrangements have been made so that T-Bone can pass that one last crucial Good Citizen command…a trainer has been secured to work with T-Bone of the “stay” command.
This isn’t a huge task. No one is being asked to enter a dangerous battlefield laden with snipers and explosive devices. All that is necessary to help this Marine and his dog is a home – a loving family to provide safe haven. This Marine has faced enough battles in his life – battling for the life of his dog shouldn’t be a fight that he has to endure.
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