It was seven in the morning on the Monday after Thanksgiving when Jennifer, a seasoned nurse, received a frantic call from the room of John Burle. He’s a patient who was being treated for pneumonia and also participates in the Adult Day Healthcare Program. This program allows patients, who need to be supervised, the ability to socialize and receive medical care.
As she picked up the phone, John kept saying “‘Boomer is in the pound! Boomer is in the pound!” Jennifer already knew all about Boomer. Boomer is not only John’s dog, but he’s his best friend. The pair have been together for twelve beautiful years. They’ve been companions since John adopted him as a puppy. In fact, it was John and Jennifer’s mutual love for their dogs that fueled their friendship.
The pair bonded over the fact that they both have dogs that they adopted when they were tiny puppies, and who have now reached “senior” status. Jennifer’s dog is thirteen, and Boomer is twelve. Not only does Boomer mean so much to John because they have an incredible bond, but Boomer was also loved by John’s late wife. This is exactly why, after her call with John, Jennifer sprang into action the way she did. She understood exactly how desperate and panic-stricken John was over his beloved best friend being taken to a shelter.
“Boomer is John’s world. John’s had him since he was a puppy, and I couldn’t stand the thought of separating the two,” shared Jennifer. “I just couldn’t.”
Without hesitation, and despite the fact that John didn’t even know where Boomer currently was, Jennifer agreed to help find him and to care for him. You see, John never had any interest in re-homing Boomer. But it’s just him and his furry best friend at home. All of his family lives across the country in Arkansas. So when he was in rough shape, and needed to be hospitalized for an extended period of time, there wasn’t anyone around to care for Boomer.
His health status was forcing him to part ways with his furry best friend. But Jennifer wasn’t going to let it last for long. Immediately after they hung up, she began gathering a list of local animal shelters. Then, once she was satisfied, she started at the top of her list with the Rome Humane Society. As luck would have it, Boomer was at the first shelter on her list!
Jennifer arrived the moment they opened, and within minutes, Rome Humane Society was confirming that they had recently taken-in a new pup named Boomer! She had found him, and promptly made the arrangements to adopt him! Now he is temporarily living with Jennifer as John has moved to the rehab center there and is still receiving treatment. Once he fully recovers, Boomer will head home with John. But for now, Boomer is in wonderful hands with Jennifer. She even brings Boomer to the center to visit John, where he is welcomed with open arms, and has practically achieved celebrity status.
“I’ve only known John for six months, but I know he loves Boomer. And I know part of John’s healing is knowing Boomer is OK.”