Hi, my name is John Toennies. I am a native of Wisconsin and moved to Indiana in 2000. In about 2003 I met a lovely lady by the name of Dawn Darga who is an incredibly talented artist and graphic designer. I was a client of hers for a couple of years and then in early 2005 we started working together. When I was growing up and even into my adulthood there were dogs and cats but they were always just “animals” that lived in the house. They were taken care of but I never bonded with them. Dawn was an animal lover and through the conversations we had I started to change.
Then one Sunday afternoon I went to our office in downtown Marion and out in the street was this stray dog that people were trying to catch. Eventually we caught him and I put him in my car to take him to the pound. I did that and then later on that afternoon I went back and took him out. He was not happy with me. When we got home I found out that he hated my wife as well as my other dog. I took him for training and eventually he settled down for the most part but everyone was afraid of him. He and I on the other hand developed this unbreakable bond. He trusted and loved me and I him but I was the only one.
We were together for a year but unfortunately, he bit someone and I had to put him down. It was a horrible experience. When his last day came, Dawn told me to do something special with him. I took him to one of the reservoirs and we spent the day running and playing. It was great and I smile every time I look at the photos. I am crying just typing this.
Anyway, Washington taught me about unconditional love and it was a huge gift. I now have Mocha and Marley and I would do anything for “my girls”. They are family and I love them dearly. My girls are all shelter dogs and they are part of the impetus for RememberMePets, LLC. I want all shelter animals to have a good home!