The Dog Who Visited Heaven
Fiction / September 1, 2014

Every year, thousands of unwanted animals are neglected and abused. Many eventually end up in shelters where they are put to sleep. This story is based on actual facts about Shasta, the Great Pyrenees that we rescued. We know he was born on the western slopes of the Sierra’s in a farm that some would call a puppy mill. We know he was in terrible shape when he was surrendered. The Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Rescue spent about 1,500 to have him treated. He had a lung infection, ear infections, and fox-tails buried in the skin between his toes that had to be surgically removed. He had never had any shots at eighteen months of age. He was losing his hair from poor nutrition. As we were looking through rescue organizations to adopt a dog and through our search, we found the Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Club and Shasta. He has been a tremendous blessing in our lives, and he has been trained as a medical assistance dog for my husband who is disabled. He is also a registered therapy dog and visits in hospitals and nursing homes I hope this story touches your heart, and if you are planning…