Hi, Ronda here. I have a beagle named Rock-E that is 100% beagle in every sense of the word. He bounces and runs, his ears flop, and he bays at levels that wake the neighbors up...but he's special.
My husband and a friend found him while out rabbit hunting. (Rock-E's unusual name is a combination of the road he was found on and the friend who played a huge part in helping to rescue him ) He had a severe head injury, couldn't hear, stand, or walk and he could barely see and was more emaciated than any animal I've ever seen. He even held his head upside down. We posted pictures simply to ask for thoughts and prayers for him. Immediately a friend from Arizona, who we met on a reloading page, responded to get him to the nearest vet clinic and he'd call in him and his wife's credit card number. Upon arrival at the vet clinic, another couple met us there (we had only met them through a local gun group and never in person). They also donated money for Rock-E. Our local gun friends held an impromptu raffle of holsters and targets and raised more money for him. A fishing friend from Tennessee sent a check. Others provided cash donations and bought the special food he needed to help get him nourished again.
Rock spent the first night at the clinic with no improvement and it didn't look very hopeful. Yet because of the outpouring of love and donations from the gun community, we were determined to keep trying. I like to think it's all the love that pulled the beagle boy through, but his own appetite played a huge part. He learned to walk again (motivated by food), he can hear again and he can see out of one eye. He wants to rabbit hunt, but I'm not sure about him running through the woods. He found his beagle voice and is extremely proud to show it off at any chance he can get. Somebody forgot to tell him that his life would be full of obstacles, but I tell him frequently about all of his friends in the gun community that were pulling for him and stepped up to help out a beagle.
That was over two years ago in those two years, I have started noticing how much gun owners give from their hearts and wallets. Since then... benefits for children, donations for adults with cancer, or who have lost their home to a fire, surprise unexpected gifts to anyone who might need it. Yes, the gun community is a very caring family and I am proud to be a part of it.
Because of Rock-E and gun owners with big hearts my eyes and heart are wide open now too! This has been my first experience with such a diverse group of individuals across the country pulling together to help someone else and I am incredibly proud to be a part of the gun community that does so much for so many!
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