Firefighter Agrees to Pose for Animal Society Calendar; Can’t Help But Adopt Rescue Dog
When a 34-year-old firefighter posed for a local animal society’s firefighter calendar, he never expected to take home one of the animals.
Rob Tackett was “Mr. March” in the 2017 edition of the Charleston Animal Society’s firefighter calendar. Tackett posed with an adorable German shepherd pup named Kimber who belonged to Steve Hall, a former elite Marine sniper.
During the shoot, Tackett and Kimber had an incredible bond. The dog would not leave Tackett’s side for anyone else.
“Her owner and his wife told me she wouldn’t go around any guys,” Tackett told People. “And when I first met her she curled up in my arms, it was an instant connection. She felt safe with me.”
When Steve Hall first found Kimber she was on her last legs. The small puppy was malnourished and was suffering from a bacterial skin infection. The sick dog was taken to the Charleston Animal Society and luckily made a full recovery. A few months later, Hall adopted Kimber to help him with his PTSD symptoms from his tours in Iraq.
However, a few months after the calendar photo shoot, Hall fell ill. The former marine needed back and neck surgery and could not care for Kimber any longer.
When Hall realized he could not care for Kimber, he immediately called Tackett remembering the strong bond he shared with the pup and asked him to take her in.
“He was heartbroken,” Tackett explained to People. “He said, ‘My health is not where I want it to be. We can’t take care of Kimber. I don’t want her going anywhere else.’”
Tackett did not hesitate to say yes and the pair have been best friends ever since.
“I love that dog,” Tackett shared with People. “She is an incredibly special dog, I’ve never been around a dog like her. Just being around her makes everything easier.”
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