Melanie and Richard Scherer met 13 years ago and tied the knot 3 years later. They both had been raised around dogs and loved all animals. When they met, Melanie had a Jack Russell terrier that she had purchased from a breeder but the dog only lived to be eight months old because of “overbreeding complications.” A month later, after much more research, Melanie purchased “Daisy,” also a Jack Russell terrier.
Together, Richard and Melanie brought home Luke, a handsome yellow Labrador who loved his toys and his “mother.” When Melanie was away from the house, Luke had a special spot near the window where he would watch and wait for her return. In 2011, as Luke lay dying in Melanie’s arms, his tail was still wagging; he was happy to be near her. They were stunned to find that Luke was full of cancer and the couple was forced to make that tough decision. Melanie admitted that part of her heart went with Luke when she said good bye for the last time.
Since Luke’s death, Melanie and Richard now focus on creating a loving home with rescued dogs: Daisy is still with them and Skeeter, Gus and Rudy are now part of the Scherer family too. Melanie calls them her “fuzzy kids.”
“I will never purchase another dog as long as I live,” says Melanie. “Once you’ve experienced the love, tenderness and overwhelming feeling of gratitude from a rescued animal, you will continue to save over and over again. The animals truly rescue you.”
Through Luke, who brought Melanie to the realization of how important pawed members of the family are to a home, she hopes that others will find the same joy in giving. Melanie confesses, “I have experienced many wonderful things through my existence here on earth, but nothing as exceptional as rescuing a loving dog. I will continue to be a warrior to spay, neuter and adopt; it’s a fight I will continue to wage for the rest of my life but I admit we need a lot of help.
“We can all make a difference in saving lives and controlling countless unnecessary deaths of innocent dogs. We are all responsible to spread the word and educate the public on controlling the population of unwanted animals through every means possible. There are so many ways we can unite people with paws.”