gLawrence and I first met in the spring of 2003 and our friendship grew. Together we shared our dreams and hopes. One day while driving on Stevens Road outside of Somerset we found a dog roaming the street with no hair. I mean absolutely no hair. We got her our new hairless friend and took her to Dr. Schmidt who was my vet. Dr. Schmidt just looked at me and shook his head. Well, Precious was heart worm positive and also had severe mange. We dipped her in Mitaban dip and as time went on we discovered that our hairless dog was actually a Springer Spaniel. She was a beauty. The time came that Dr. Schmidt did the Heart worm treatment. I was expecting a $300 or $400 bill but I ended up with a $47 bill. I was shocked I told Dr. Schmidt that this must be a mistake. I was expecting a bigger bill. He looked at me and said " I have met very few people who would have done what you did. So this is my gift to you. The only thing you are paying for is for the vial of Heart worm Treatment". Now those of us in Atascosa county remember how Dr. Schmidt was. He was awesome and I miss him. I need to look through my pictures and find one of Precious. She was beautiful. A liver and White color. She was one of our original dogs before we started the sanctuary and she died a few years ago.
Then I got the dare one day from Dr. Schmidt. He tells me I dare you to start a rescue. I looked at him and said "why did you just do that." He just smiled. Well ,Tri-city animal sanctuary was born. There are times though I wonder why in the world did I do this. Then I remember cause it is our mission. Our life. It isn't easy. There are good and bad days. There are days of tears and days of laughter. I tell people I always knew my life was going to the dogs. With that said I live in a kennel; What was I thinking and I say this with a smile. This is our life.