PEARLAND, Texas – A local kennel has been caring for two dogs for over a year after their owner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and dementia.
The Pooch Pad Country Kennels in Pearland charges anywhere from $20 to $50 a day for boarding. The guests come in all shapes and sizes. Some are just dropped off while their owners are at work, others dropped off while they’re on vacation.
But then there are Sam and Tiger.
“They’ve been here since January 8, 2011. That says a lot,” said kennel manager Andrea Carrerow.
Like most others, they were initially brought here for boarding. Then something happened.
“After about three months, the owner fell ill,” said Carrerow. “The family put him in a nursing home.”
The owner, 75-year-old Dan Kocian, a life-long animal lover, no longer remembers Sam or Tiger.
“My understanding is he got dementia and doesn’t know them anymore it’s kind of heartbreaking,” said Brenda Gabbard, the dogs’ groomer
As for Kocian's relatives, they were unable to take them in or continue to pay for boarding.
“They basically left it up to us. And euthanasia was an option. It was an option, but that’s not something we would ever consider doing,” said Carrerow.
As kennels and dog runs go, they don’t come much nicer. But Carrerow is hoping someone will come forward to give Sam and Tiger a forever home.
“These dogs know they’ve been left here. There’s something better for them,” said Carrerow.