To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. ― Thomas Campbell
Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day when we honor the memory of the men and women who have died in military service. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and today, I’d like to introduce you to Scout, a black and white cat who saved a soldier’s life after he returned from Iraq after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in a mortar attack.
Scout appeared out of nowhere during a thunderstorm on a night when Josh was ready to take his own life, then disappeared again, only to reappear at another pivotal moment in both of their lives. “Even before he was my cat, before he even knew me that well, Scout saved my life,” said Josh Marino. “He put me on a different path. He gave me the confidence to try to come back from all the adversity that I was feeling.”
Mutual Respect, an organization dedicated to celebrating the bond between people and their pets through sharing stories in film and print, produced this beautiful film.
For more information about Mutual Rescue, more heart touching stories, and an opportunity to share your own story, please visit http://mutualrescue.org.
As you celebrate the holiday today, please take a moment to remember those who gave all, recognize the sacrifices our military personnel makes every day, and thank them for their service.