I’m privileged to be working on a possible website update for one of the most amazing organizations: 4 Paws for Ability. I immediately got to know the story of Ben, who inspired Karen Shirk to found this nonprofit organization that tries to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Here’s the poem she wrote about this magnificent companion:
The Heavens looked down upon my life and saw my suffering.
The spirits in all their wisdom could not end them, for it was not within their power.
As I prayed for death, the Heavens opened up, and into my life came love, courage, protection, a friend, a confidante, a partner in life.
He is the most beautiful spirit I have ever seen, and I call him Ben.
©Copyright 1996 by Karen Shirk
In April of 2002 at the age of 8 years, Ben left for the “Rainbow Bridge” Before his death, he was given two of the highest honors a German Shepherd can obtain. He walked in the GSDCA’s National Specialty Show “Parade of Great Dogs” and received the 2001 GSDCA Hero Dog Award! His memory is honored with each and every dog that leaves 4 Paws.
Here are links to Ben’s Story, which is in two parts.
Ben’s Story Part 1
Ben’s Story Part 2
Ben inspired Karen to continue building the organization. It’s an organization worth supporting.