Hello, My name is Jaime Myers and I've been friends with Pina since 2001 and worked with her for 7 years.
With a heavy heart and deep gratitude for having Pina and Wellington in my life, I'm posting this campaign to both share the news of Wellington's passing as well as support Pina in carrying on their legacy.
If you know Pina, you know she is always the one who prefers being there for people and supporting and contributing to those around her and would never feel comfortable initiating a request for help and support.
And if you know Pina, you also knew Wellington, her fur baby, best friend, protector, side kick on so many projects and her rock.
For Pina and so many, Wellington wasn't just a dog, he was a life mate, friend and inspiration.
For me, being around Wellington always made me feel that everything would be ok, and the world can surely use that, especially these days.
Just as any of us would do for our children, Pina did everything she could to care for Wellington when he was diagnosed with cancer and got the best possible treatments and doctors.
In situations like these, people ask if there’s anything they can do to help.
This YouCaring campaign was created to help provide for Wellington's $20000+ medical care, and to give those of you who are saddened by his loss and impacted by his life, an opportunity to contribute to the carrying on of his purpose and legacy, through projects such as a book, "Life According to Wellington".
Pina would never ask for this and is super uncomfortable sharing this request.
It is my honor to support her during this very difficult time.
Words from Pina...
While I always knew this day would come, the way this happened, and the emotional whiplash that came with it, have made this a heartbreak like no other. I have been feeling lost, disconnected from my purpose, heartbroken beyond words and miss my boy with my soul 😔💔
Wellington was not only a wonderfully beloved service animal, he was the only furry child I ever had, my only family member in 6000 miles - it felt like my immediate family got decimated overnight.
He was there ALL the time. Some of my greatest joys and deepest heartbreaks, with him -he helped me heal from being raped, which I had never talked about, which led me to doing my first TEDx and sharing it and then I wrote and published my first book, which got me to start speaking on campus on sexual assault prevention.
He *literally* shifted my heart AND my career - my best bud and deepest constant connection with unconditional love, gone… He brought so many smiles to so many strangers who, for him, were instant friends.
I am aware he made a difference in so many lives, I am so very thankful for that and for the people who got to meet him.
I am most sad about the idea of all the people who won’t know him, so I have started writing a “Life According To Wellington” book as a vehicle for his lessons to be a contribution to the readers as well as a way for me to heal, and a way for his spirit to be known even by those who never met him. I have resisted writing through the pain, and last week I finally wrote the first story.
I also realize what will help me heal through this experience is to be supported instead of trying to do this alone.
Thank you, so much, to each and every person who has touched my life and who loved and cared for Wellington so deeply. He wasn't really my pup, he was everyone's pup, with pieces of his spirit in people's hearts all over the world.