Rob Taket bio je jedan od odabranih vatrogasaca koji su golišavi pozirali za kalendar od čije se prodaje skuplja novac za napuštene životinje. Na fotografisanju, Roba su zamolili da pozira sa psom Kimber, koja je bila pas-vojnik u Avganistanu i Iraku.
Kimber je takođe pristala na fotografisanje što je začudilo njene dotadašnje gazde. Naime, usljed ratnih dešavanja, Kimber je mnogo puta bila ranjena, kasnije operisana, a potom oboljela od anksioznosti. Sve to je prouzrokovalo strah od ljudi, ali ne i od Roba sa kojim je mirno pozirala za kalendar.
“Kada sam je zagrlio, desila se instant konekcija. Osjetila se bezbjednom kod mene”, kaže Rob.
Stiv Hol, bivši snajperista u mornarici, razbolio se i odlučio je da Kimber pokloni Robu jer više nije mogao brinuti o njoj.
Kimer i Rob ne samo da su odradili dobar set fotografija za kalendar od čije se prodaje skuplja novac u humanitarne svrhe, nego su i postali najbolji prijatelji.
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In May of 2016, I was introduced to Kimber and her soldier, through the Charleston Animal Society’s “Charleston Firefighter Calendar.” Instantly, I knew that this dog was special. I saw the joy and the comfort that she brought her soldier. Kimber was abused, so she was understandably apprehensive around men. But for some reason, she was drawn to me. I carried her around the entire day, as she would rest her head on my shoulder. After the photoshoot was complete, I maintained a friendship with the soldier, and his family. They are incredibly special people, and I am privileged to have met them. Not too long ago, this soldier became ill, and his priorities had to shift. His family contacted me asking if I would be able to care for Kimber while he received treatment. Without hesitation I agreed to foster her for as long as they needed. Unfortunately, his illness and condition prevented him from caring for Kimber the way the he felt she deserved. So with a heavy heart, he decided that it would be best for Kimber to be with someone that would be able to care for her. Knowing how special Kimber was, he reached out to me asking if I would be able to permanently adopt her. Kimber knows exactly how to elicit smiles and joy, how to comfort, how to defend and how to protect. Kimber is a soldier’s dog. I plan on continuing to train her as a PTSD dog, with the intent to allow her to visit with other veterans, providing them with the same ferocious love that can only be given by this soulful German Shepherd. I often wonder, when little Kimber was brought to the Charleston Animal Society – abandoned and plagued by mange – if the volunteers knew what an impact she would have on the lives of soldiers throughout Charleston, SC. I wonder if they could tell that she was one of those dogs, blessed by God, to see through tragedy, straight to the vulnerable parts of all of us – the parts we so aptly hide from one another. I wonder if the donors, the calendar sponsors, the men and women who buy the Charleston Firefighter Calendars and the CAS staff knew that she would minister to the lives of so many.