Many of you may remember the story of Nate. Nate, a stray pit bull, resided at the Humane Society for 18 months until he was adopted by a loving Coopersburg family.
We are sad to report that we have been notified by Nate’s family that Nate has succumbed to a variety of debilitating illnesses and insurmountable medical difficulties.
In tribute to Nate, we have chosen again to share his story.
Lessons Learned From Remarkable, Lovable Nate
From the moment he entered the Dixon Street animal shelter, the staff knew that finding a permanent home for this wobbly stray would present a huge challenge. The lovable pit bull mix dog was unable to walk for more than a few steps without toppling to one side or the other. However, he continually demonstrated an indomitable spirit when, after falling repeatedly, he would simply get up and, with tail wagging and eagerness in his step, continue his journey.
Dubbed Nathaniel (Nate) by the shelter staff, he quickly endeared himself to his shelter caretakers. After numerous trips to various veterinarians, it was agreed that Nate’s unsteady, awkward gait and persistent falling was the result of a neurological disorder that would require special care throughout his lifetime. When the Humane Society was assured that Nate was not in any pain or discomfort, it was decided to make this cheerful, wobbly dog available for adoption.
Many months went by and although Nate enthusiastically greeted every visitor, only a few people showed any interest in him. Nate’s one year anniversary as an animal shelter resident passed by on a somber note. Although literally hundreds of people walked by his cage, folks would simply pause and then quickly move on.
One year and a half went by and shelter workers began to despair of ever finding a forever home for Nate. Shelter volunteers and staff were quick to point out his endearing qualities to potential adopters but to no avail. Then he met Jamie, who soon became Nate’s favorite dog walker and volunteer. Eighteen months after his arrival at the shelter, Nate was officially adopted by Jamie and his Coopersburg family. Jamie summed it up beautifully when he said, “Nate is a great dog. He is always happy. We share an unconditional love.”
Nate will be remembered by the staff at the Lehigh County Humane Society’s Dixon Street animal shelter because of the life lessons he taught us through his unwavering spirit, his cheerful disposition and his refusal to let his difficulties get him down.
In loving memory,
The Lehigh County Humane Society Staff