They gave up everything when the learned their dog was diagnosed with cancer.
Now Jerry Nelson and Rene Agredano are dedicating their lives to helping others who also must deal with the news of a terminally-ill pet.
Their German Shepard joined the family in 1998. Eight years later, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his left front leg amputated. Veterinarians only gave him months to live.
At the time, Jerry and Rene family a graphic design and marketing company in Eureka. But Nelson and Agredano wanted to spend every last minute with their beloved dog.
“We sold everything, the house, the business, and bought an RV to travel with him because he was only given a few months,” Nelson said.
Jerry the German Shepard went on to live two more years. The family has since founded a non-profit called “Tripawd,” in his honor. The organization brings families with three-legged-pets together, offering support through an online community.
“He taught us a lot of lessons on the road during those two years about primarily living in the now," Nelson said.
Karen Riley, 55, met several other “Tripawd” members in Vacaville Saturday. She said the organization has been a great support for her and her three legged Pug, Ellie.
“It’s really good to have a community of people who have been there, understand, and you know can relate to what you’re going through,” Riley said.