An Amazing Family I’d Like You to Meet

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Some people are so kind and selfless it just takes my breath away.

The breeders we adopted our dogs Munson and Anderson from are Glenn and Sandy Veltman. They are very dedicated to their breeding of Bichons, which is why we got both of our last two dogs from them. Just to give you an idea of how thorough they are, Glenn takes potential sires and dams to the veterinary science department at Purdue University to have them examined for common Bichon ailments, like heart and joint problems, before he will consider breeding them. Also, when he uses a male or female for breeding the first time, he keeps the entire litter for five years before adopting any of them out, just to determine if the pups are healthy enough for him to use that breeding combination again. Now that’s dedication.

I learned even more about fascinating Glenn and Sandy during our recent adoption of Anderson.

They take in dogs from humane societies from all around the country that are at risk for being euthanized to ensure they are adopted by a loving family. Many of the dogs have been abused, and many have serious physical and behavioral problems. I asked Glenn how many dogs they have in their house at any one time, and he said, “We only have 15 right now, but we’ve had as many as 50.” I asked him if I should ever consider adopting one of his strays, and he cautioned that they often require a tremendous amount of care, as well as a mindset that can handle terrible heartache. “Many of these dogs will never get better, unfortunately, and many will not live very long. You need to have a willingness to deal with a lot of sadness and pain if you adopt one.” I realized I didn’t have what it takes, and opted for the much safer option of purchasing one of his perfect little Bichons.

I was talking to Glenn just the other day, and the subject of one of his children came up. He said his son and daughter-in-law really have their hands full, because they have six adopted children. I said, “Six?” He said yes, and they were all disadvantaged children adopted from foreign countries. Then he went on to say, “The last two are from China, and they’re both blind.”

Wow.

Like I said, I am just in awe of some people.

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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