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Cherish and Share: Tucker's Story


By the time Kirby found him, Tucker’s life had been hard. He had lived at the Central Animal Rescue Efforts Shelter (CARES) in Alberta for over a year, and he had already battled heart worm — a serious disease that can cause severe lung, heart and other organ damage in animals.

In light of his experience, Tucker can hardly be blamed for being skittish with people. It took nearly twenty minutes for Tucker to even go near Kirby. But with a little coaxing and patience, Kirby was able to win over his trust and bring him home. 

Home. For Tucker, that was on the road with his new owner and best bud, Bug the Pug. Kirby is a truck driver by trade and Tucker quickly took to life on four wheels. He and Bug spent hours on the highway—curled up in the front seat or exploring rest stops during breaks. “He loved seeing all the places we’d stop,” says Kirby.

Tucker didn’t care much for toys, but he did love food. He wasn’t picky either; he’d eat anything, even if it made him sick. Kirby kept him well-supplied with snacks and Tucker eagerly capitalized on the attention. “He learned right quick to sit up on his hind quarters to get pets or treats, probably hoping for both.”

Unfortunately, Tucker’s early struggles would come back to him later in life. Heart worm had damaged his heart and eventually took its toll. Tucker passed away of heart failure at eight years old.

“He was the perfect companion for both Bug and me. He was so full of life and took each day as it came without a care in the world…I learned a lot in the few short years together with him.”

Kirby selected the color of Tucker’s impression to represent his fur. It rides with him in his work truck so that Tucker is always with his family. 

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