Otto added that Little Bit’s heart condition was so grave that he felt she should have died two years ago. But, for some reason, Little Bit kept going.
“There were times I really thought that she couldn’t keep going. We used all the medicine we could to keep her going. She had heart disease for years. But she kept going, and she did that because she loved you all so much. And that’s what love can do,” Otto said. “I’d like to think of her as a vet. She was a veteran for you guys. She took care of you as best she could, and you did the same for her.”
It was during the service that Otto announced that the center, who also has a cat named Callie, will soon have another dog on site.
It was about a year ago Otto knew that Little Bit was very ill. It was then that Otto arranged for another dog to be adopted from Second Chance Animal Sanctuary to take Little Bit’s place. Through the Friends for Folks Dog Training Program at the prison in Lexington, the center’s newest four-legged companion, Sarge, is currently being trained.
“He looks a lot like Little Bit,” Otto said. “You’ll love Sarge.”
The 2-year-old dog has been in training for about three months and should arrive at the center in a few weeks, Otto said.
“The inmates at the prison have been working really hard to give you a dog that will be worthy of filling Little Bit’s shoes,” Otto said.
Employees at the Veteran’s Center also presented Otto a plaque for his dedication to Little Bit.
“We’re very, very grateful that we had her in our lives and I thank God for her, I really do,” Otto said.