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Dying Veteran’s Dog Gizmo Adopted by WWII Vet

Gizmo Shih Tzu


Last month, a terminally ill Korean War veteran in San Diego, Calif., had just one last wish: to find a new home for Gizmo, his beloved Shih Tzu.

Unfortunately the veteran has passed away, but his final wish has been granted. Gizmo’s new dog dad is 90-year-old Lyman “Tim” Peterman, who is also a veteran – of World War II.

As Beth Zimmerman of Pets for Patriots reports on military.com, “Scores of people from across the country offered to give Gizmo a new life, each with a compelling story of their own. One was the daughter of another San Diego area veteran, whose appeal was so personal and touching — and so perfect — that we had a feeling that this was ‘it.’”

Pets for Patriots sent the application to Nick Winfrey of Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Winfrey, a Marine veteran who was overseeing Gizmo’s adoption, agreed that Peterman seemed to be “the one.”

In an amazing coincidence that very well may have sealed the deal, Peterman’s beloved 15-year-old Shih Tzu – also named Gizmo – had recently died after a long illness, and Peterman was heartbroken.

“We wondered: was it possible that one veteran — who died, leaving his Gizmo unexpectedly homeless — could give renewed purpose to another veteran whose own Gizmo had just died?” Zimmerman wrote.

On June 30, Peterman, accompanied by his wife and daughter, officially adopted Gizmo from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Peterman also became the oldest member of Pets for Patriots, a not-for-profit organization that provides financial support to military personnel adopting shelter pets.

Peterman told the crowd at the adoption ceremony that it was the happiest day of his life since he was serving in the Army and it was announced that World War II had ended.

PHOTO: Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Laura Goldman

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