HOME OF THE YEAR
The 2003 Annie Raker Rescue Award
The Annie Raker Rescue Award is offered annually to an adoptive home
which, in our opinion, has committed to the challenge of an Old English
Sheepdog requiring special care and consideration. This home has responded
to unusual behavioral and/or medical problems and has shown a willingness
to alter lifestyle in order to accommodate their new family member.
This silver Paul Revere bowl will be engraved by the New England Old
English Sheepdog Rescue, Inc. and awarded at the annual meeting. The
bowl will be maintained by the recipient for one year.
The home of the year for 2003 is indisputably a home in British Columbia,
a home where the hearts are so huge that they adopted, sight unseen,
an OES from Kansas. Sebastian is blind due to two blows of a hatchet
that severed his optic nerve and caused him to have seizures. He was
delivered to Kathy and Ken by a truly committed rescue volunteer from
Tulsa. The story itself was printed in the Tale's End, so in the name
of time and not wanting to sink into a tearful recounting of the
painful saga, you are requested to refer to http://neoesr.org/sebastian.htm
for the full story. It gives me profound feeling of pride to present
Ken and Kathy of BC, Canada, the honor of having the 2003 Rescue
Home of the Year Bowl.
Engraved on the bowl
Ken & Kathy Shumard SEBASTIAN 2003