Night before last, Keith and Stormy were on a transport mission to save a litter of 7 month old dachshunds who were being transported from TN to MA on behalf of Furever Dachshund Rescue. As happens sometimes with transports, there are weather conditions, flat tires and anxious dogs; this night was no different. The transport was running late and arrangements were made by Keith to stay overnight in MD to continue the transport the next morning so that the puppies could stay overnight with a fellow transporter and have a good night's rest before continuing the next day. As all who know Keith, he is always early and eager to get started.....the dogs always come first! This morning Keith was not as his meeting point. Keith was in his hotel room having suffered a massive brain aneurysm; Stormy by his side. Emergency response and Animal Control was called knowing that Stormy may be distressed. When emergency responders arrived at the scene and determined that something was seriously wrong they proceeded to enter the room. Animal control opened the door to the hotel room with the expectation that Stormy would be protective and found instead that he was trying to help Keith by leading the emergency responders to Keith lying unconscious on the floor. Stormy proceed to alert medics of Keith's medications as well. Stormy's desire to protect Keith was that of a loving gentle companion, who only wanted to make sure that Keith would be alright.
We hear so many stories about various breeds of dogs, especially pitbulls, but today I share one with you of a great dog, a great companion and a gentle soul ..... STORMY and his best friend, Keith!
We at Furever Dachshund Rescue (FDR) are so sad that we lost a fellow dedicated animal lover. Keith's passion for helping rescues was felt throughout the rescue community and those who knew him; knew how much he loved animals. Not only did Keith dedicate his life to helping connect people with their newly adopted rescues but when he had the opportunity he willingly donated his time, gas, and money to help non-profit rescues get their dogs to safety as well. The rescue community has lost a beloved friend and advocate.
Keith Royer was a special man who dedicated what little money he had to helping animals. Now it is our turn to help Keith and his family. Unfortunately Keith did not have a life insurance policy. His wife and mother are in need of money to help pay for his funeral expenses and his wife may lose their home. We want to help "pay it forward" like Keith did for so many dogs and people. Please help by donating to this fund. All money goes directly to Keith's family. Furever Dachshund Rescue is hosting this fundraiser in memory of Keith but none of these funds are for FDR. We want to spread the word and help Keith's family give him the memorial he deserves.
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