An attorney who specializes in the elder and probate field called me to give me some background on a client whose daughter would be contacting me. Stephan (names have been changed to protect privacy), was a man in his late seventies with increasing health issues. He would be moving into Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences as soon as the VA would authorize funding. Currently, Stephan was living in his house which needed to be sold, so that there would be additional funds to pay for the assisted living facility.
Amy, the daughter, called me to tell me she was coming into Tampa from Maryland and we arranged a time to meet at the house. Amy also gave me an insight into the situation. Her Dad’s health had been declining rapidly in the past few years since Amy’s parents got divorced. Stephan was no longer able to maintain repairs on the house, let alone the day to day upkeep. His limitations in both physical and financial capacities led to a very rundown property. And to add to the mess, there was a ten-year-old German Shepherd mix dog with ailments of her own. Peaches had noticeable skin issues and a very bad odor.
Stephan was agreeable to moving out of his house and into the assisted living residence, his only regret was not being able to take Peaches with him. His love for his four-legged companions was so great that he made me promise not to just dump her at a shelter that practiced euthanasia. Seeing an elderly man with tears in his eyes, made me determined to fulfill his wish. I called a previous client, John, who is a vet-tech to pick up Peaches and take her to a “no-kill” shelter. The John tried several facilities, and every one of them told him that the dog was in too bad of health for them to accept for adoption.
A promise is a promise, especially one that is as sacred as this one, so I had John take the dog to the veterinarian to receive treatment. One week and $300 of my funds, Peaches skin condition and urinary infection had cleared up. John promptly transferred her to an adoption facility with an incredible success rate. It is my understanding that Peaches and a loving family found each other.
The house was sold at a much higher price than Amy expected and Stephan’s health is improving every day. What a rewarding feeling it is to bring a challenging situation to a happy conclusion.
If so, please consider contributing to Jewish In Tampa Bay by submitting your own post here.