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We have so many wonderful clients, and getting to know them and their families makes our work extra special. This month, we asked one of our clients, Carl Maier, to share the story of his very special family. It’s so nice of Wendy to want to feature me this month. Wendy is a delightful attorney, as is her partner, Lisa. They’re not your typical lawyers; it’s their compassion for people that particularly sets them apart. We’ve become very good friends since they represented me, which is how they got to know my border collies: Rusty, Storm, and Princess Leia — yes, she is named after the “Star Wars” character. I’ve had collies my whole life. They’re remarkable animals and wonderful with children. My first collie was Lucky. When I was 9 years old, my dad asked what I wanted for Christmas and I said, “I want a Lassie puppy.” On Christmas morning, you can guess what was waiting for me with his tail wagging in anticipation. It was Lucky, who was a true Lassie puppy because he was a descendant of the original Lassie who appeared in the movie of the same name. Lucky lived with me for 17 years. CARL AND THE RED CROSS CANINE MASCOT Lassie’s Descendants Carry on His Legacy
that winter. He was a pretty special dog. As trained therapy companions, we visited people in hospitals and homes, and he provided comfort to them. We volunteered for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and he brought joy to kids fighting cancer. Rusty took on the role of National Red Cross Canine Mascot, and after 9/11, we went to Liberty State Park so he could comfort people who were searching for their loved ones. The experience changed both of us. He did so much for the families of the victims during that time. We went to memorial services for the victims, and there’s an image I’ll never forget from that day of Rusty with his Red Cross vest on, paw over a railing,
Rusty, son of the eighth-generation Lassie, was born on Thanksgiving of 1999 in California. I lived in New Jersey at the time and brought him home
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