In Memory of Oden
One week ago today, on November 10, 2013, we lost a soul that was loved, literally, by a community of people. This page is a tribute to him, his short but impactful life, and a pledge to continue helping others in need just like him.
Oden was a young Golden who had a hard life from the beginning. He was brought in to G.R.E.A.T.’s fold after being dropped at a shelter obviously severely neglected and with horrible “road rash”…most likely indicating he had been dragged by a car. Our hearts were broken, but we saw “GREAT-ness” in this little guy.
As many of our rescues do, Oden stayed at one of our wonderful partner vet offices for a short while to mend his wounds, get him in better health and help him to start trusting people who were really kind and wanted to love him. We found a wonderful, caring foster home for him and he went to join them. Not long after he was there, Oden got frightened by a neighboring dog and thought he needed to run. He kept running. And running. And running.
Over the course of two weeks, Oden’s journey brought together hundreds (if not thousands) of people who had never met him or each other. We each got our hearts and daily lives somehow involved in Oden’s. We searched before and after work and school, on the weekends. We prayed for him each night. And, several of us even saw him from a distance and continued to believe that we could make him trust us and want to come to us, even though someone of our kind had been so cruel to him. We just wanted to show him that all people weren’t like what he’d experienced and his life could be full of love and joy.
However, one week ago, Oden got to a place where no one could get to him and where he was in the midst of too much danger to protect himself.
Our hearts are broken over this little soul who was lost much too soon.
But we believe every life has a purpose. And we believe Oden’s purpose was to raise awareness about the plight of so many abused and neglected dogs and spur people to action.
Mission accomplished, Oden.
A memorial fund has been created in Oden’s honor to help pay for his vet bills and toward rescuing future goldens. Just go to Donate and submit a donation through PayPal or use your credit card (MC, Visa, Amex or Discover) if you would like to support this fund in his memory. Please indicate Oden’s Memorial Fund on your donation.
If you prefer, you can mail a check to:
P.O. Box 600878
Jacksonville, FL 32260-0878
(Please indicate it is for Oden’s Memorial Fund)
You may also call 904.529.9951 or 904.591.4310 to make a donation over the phone using your credit card.
Amount contributed to Oden’s Memorial Fund to date: $550.