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It was also a fluke… but I received a call late Friday afternoon that lead to one of the most pleasurable experiences I have had in some time. Edie Tincher knows what an animal lover I am. She also knows of my widespread support for the Braxton County Animal Shelter.
When she telephoned, she told me about the Pilots-N-Paws program and said an airplane was scheduled to pick up dogs from our shelter later that afternoon. Edie wanted to know what I thought about doing a story on the unusual cargo. I readily agreed that the subject matter was interesting and would make a great story.
About 4:00 p.m. I arrived at the airport and met up with Julie Covert and her husband Wayne. As is outlined in the front page story, the dogs that were going to experience their first airplane ride were not what I consider run-of-the-mill pets.
As we talked it was apparent how passionate Julie and Wayne are about helping their 4 legged friends. When I heard the story, I also realized that at most shelters dogs like those in the back of Julie’s van would have been marked for euthanasia due to their special needs and circumstances.
Dan Drennan was the first to arrive. Right behind him was Doug and JoAnn Manuel. It was easy to see that these folks shared Julie’s passion. They were donating their own time and money to see to it that these pets had a second chance at life.
Doug Manuel told me that he was feeling a little under the weather but knew how important this mission was. It was important enough to him and his wife, that he paid additional money out of his pocket to have another pilot accompany him… just in case he fell ill. Doug and Dan both paid their own expenses to transport these dogs to their new homes and better funded health care.
Loading the animals on the plane was a little emotional for Julie, but she was the first to say that she was pleased that they will have a better life than the ones they had here in Braxton County.
I applaud people like Julie and Wayne. There are a great number of individuals like them that have and still work daily behind the scenes to help the animal population of our county. I think we owe all of them a big thank you. I particularly want to thank them and Edie for bringimg this story to my attention. I can only hope our readers enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
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