The Charleston Animal Society’s annual firefighter calendar is highly sought after – you know, because of the adorable rescue pets – it has nothing to do with the shirtless firemen!
In May, Rob Tackett posed as 2017’s “Mr. March” with a shy German Shepard pup named Kimber. Little did he know he would soon forge a meaningful bond with her adopter and eventually become Kimber’s new dad.
Steve Hall served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an elite Marine sniper. Like many of our military’s brave men and women, he returned home with flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety – the hallmarks of PTSD.
“Her owner and his wife told me she wouldn’t go around any guys, and when I first met her she curled up in my arms, it was an instant connection. She felt safe with me.”
Tackett recalled the painful conversation in his interview with People:
“He was heartbroken. He said, ‘My health is not where I want it to be. We can’t take care of Kimber. I don’t want her going anywhere else.’ ”
Kimber has officially belonged to Tackett since October and the pair could not be happier. Tackett has even expressed interest in pursuing further training for Kimber so that she can visit with other veterans and share the comfort and love she already brings to all who know her.
H/T to People Pets
Featured Image via Facebook/Charleston Animal Society