In Honor of National Bullying Awareness Month– Dog’s Legacy Lives On
Snickers, a Jack Russell Terrier mix, from Owosso, lived a legacy that will continue on. He started out as a runaway, abused dog, but ended up rescuing others.
“I thought I was rescuing him,” Lisa Freeman, his owner said, “but he rescued me, my family, and so many others.”
Through adopting Snickers, Freeman’s eyes were opened. “Snickers and I were both abused runaways,” she said, “and abuse and bullying were huge and had affected my whole family.” That’s when she says she got the idea for the Abuse Bites program to stop abuse, bullying and violence. Snickers became the mascot of the program, AKA “The Bully Buster”. Soon the pair began educating students and adults in schools, churches and communities.
Snicker’s was a natural with both children and adults. When Lisa took him to the nursing home to visit her mother, he brought smiles to every face. With only ten days of training, Snickers passed the test and became a Certified Pet Therapy Dog through Therapy Dogs International. He won two awards his first year for logging on more than 150 visits!
From there, Snickers helped train other dogs, walked in parades, and traveled to other events. Snickers wore many hats throughout the years. At Easter, he even wore a bunny suit and was known as the Easter Beagle. He raised over $15,000 to help needy families with Easter. Children and adults both loved him.
He continued to win hearts and awards everywhere his paws tromped. He won Most Photogenic in the Williamston Dog Days Event, took First Place in the Halloween costume competition at Gilberts True Value in Owosso, 2nd place in the Curwood Dog Show, received Chairman’s Choice twice for the Kids in Curwood Parade, and after raising $5,000 for needy/abused pets which counted as votes for the Shiawassee Humane Society, he was also named the first Mayor of the Year.
“His greatest achievement is the lives that he’s touched,” Freeman said. “We hope to continue his legacy.”
In his memory, his family has set up the BULLY BUSTER FUND to rescue people and pets, train dogs, and do anti-bullying assemblies and workshops. For more information, log onto www.DogsPawsForHealing.com, email lisafree@DogsPawsForHealing.com, or send checks payable to: Abuse Bites, Bully Buster Fund, PO Box 1582, Owosso, MI 48867. All donations are 100% tax deductible.