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 Overcame hardship & adversity 

On Easter Sunday, 1994 he tore his vertebral artery cutting off the blood to his brain causing him to have a VERY severe brain injury that left his entire right side permanently impaired. On a scale of 1-10 we were told, “He was an eleven, nearly died, was lucky to be alive, would never be the same and that our dog Capone probably saved his life!”

Upon losing his ability walk and to fluently communicate he became reclusive. Our so called friends avoided us like the plague. (It seemed that no-one we knew wanted to be associated with us since his injury) It wasn't always pretty! He missed being around others, took it very hard and sank into deep denial and depression. He began taking antidepressants and drinking heavily. He would sit in a stupor wallowing in pride and self pity for hours. (Explained)

I don't judge him too harshly! He was severely injured, faced death, experienced helplessness, loneliness, anxiety, frustration, confined to a house / wheelchair, lost everything that he had worked for including respect, independence, hopes and dreams, had his drivers license taken away, and his life revolved around doctors, therapists, lawyers and insurance companies.  He depended on me and his disability income.

 Changed for the better! 

Many people would have just given up. But Rick isn't wired that way! With the help of myself, his doctors/therapists, his dogs and the Lord it took years, but he worked lo-o-ong and hard to recover enough to regain a place as a useful member of society!

To look at him, you'd think that he was fine.  However, He still has problems: He walks with a cane, tires easily and needs his tricycle, mobility scooter or car to get around. (He cannot sit or stand for any length of time without experiencing a considerable amount of pain.)

Rick isn't one to just lay around. Immediately after reaching retirement age, being released from disability, began receiving social security, and allowed to seek employment he began looking for a way to help out. (I keep telling him that we'll be okay, but he wants to help!)

We were told that he should try dog sitting at home since he loved dogs and wanted another one as his own.  He was doing it for family, friends and neighbors anyway.  We placed ads in local classifieds only to get less than desirable results. We only received a limited number of requests.  Of the few that we did receive we actually felt threatened and watched dogs only to be stiffed.  We only had one favorable outcome!  We decided that it wasn't worth the risk!

Big Mistake!

July 27, 2016 - After years of rehab and recovery he got a job as a p/t Greeter at Walmart with help from the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation and SPARC to earn income while making new friends and rekindle friendships that he never could by sitting at home. (Sooner or later, just about everyone in our vicinity walks through those doors.) 

February 2, 2017 Due to age, pain from sitting / standing for extended periods, and medications Rick resigned from Walmart.  He did his best to hang on one day at a time but it wasn't working out. (I still can't believe that he lasted that long.)  The more he worked, the worse he hurt. (It's difficult to continually appear cheerful when you hurt.)  Rick was devastated!  He felt that if he couldn't even succeed as a Greeter at Walmart, what could he do?

Nothing Left to Lose

Rick was giving up when out of pure chance we heard about Rover.  Rover offers an app to download on cell phones; then dog owners can simply click on the app to search the desired zip code or city to find sitters in the area.

After filling out the application and meeting all of the the requirements, he got his first booking within the hour from a lady in Chicago that was planning a trip to Springfield.  (Rick's only qualifications are love for dogs, common sense, a cell phone and time.)

BY the end of 2017, Rick watched dogs from Indiana, Missouri, Virginia, Washington D.C., W. Virginia and most notably S. Korea along with a countless number from nearby communities here in Illinois all booked through Rover.  (He only began doing this five months earlier in mid July.)

Not bad for a man that was told by his doctor, "Odds are that you will NEVER get better!!!"

You couldn't ask for a better sitter!!!  

Dogs have literally taken over his life!  They love him because they know that he loves them!  He NEVER leaves them alone unless it's absolutely necessary.  He bakes them healthy treats and jerky.  He pulls a dog trailer with his tricycle around the neighborhood or simply spends time relaxing in our back yard listening to music watching dogs, birds and butterflies. (weather permitting)  On hot, cold and rainy days he watches television while reminiscing about family, friends, previous co-workers and pets that have came and gone through the years; especially Capone & Jake.  Only now he's being paid for it!!!  

(I am happy to add that what started out as a form of rehab to meet people and gain self respect at home has become a real viable income.  Since joining Rover, Rick has regained confidence and self worth while generating money to supplement our income while enjoying himself at home.)

Rick loves being a pet sitter with Rover & thinks you would too!

 Rover is an awesome community of pet sitters and dog walkers that makes it easy to earn extra income on your schedule.  

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