Created: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:00:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:37:42 EST
They say dogs are man's best friend, for Jesse Faust, lady is more.
"She's all I got, she's my family," said Faust.
Faust has been confined to a wheelchair for 8 years now do to a stroke. He raised lady from a pup while a resident at Spring Villa nursing home in Macon. Faust recently moved to the Whispering Pines Personal Care Home in Bolingbroke but lady is not allowed.
Lady is being fostered by nearby animal center, Save-A-Pet. Faust would usually ride his motorized wheelchair down Highway 41 everyday to take lady for a walk until tragedy struck back in April.
"He hit me so hard, it knocked me out," said Faust.
Faust was hit by a truck while Lady was tied to his chair. Lady would be alright, but Faust would spend several weeks recovering in the intensive care unit. His wheelchair was damaged from the crash and the battery won't keep a charge.
"We just can't go long distance no more," he said.
Despite his chair being damage, Faust still makes daily trips to Save-A-Pet to visit Lady but walks are on hold. His chair's battery only holds enough juice to get him from Whispering Springs to Save-A-Pet and back.
Faust's luck is beginning to change. After seeing an article on AC Pup's website, Emory Center's stepdaughter Pamela Shrivers said she was moved by the story and knew her dad had a chair he wasn't using.
Emory is also a stroke victim, the family decided to reach out and donate his chair.
"When you inherit something and you can't use it, you pass it on to your neighbor and maybe they can get some good use out of it," said Center.
First Presbyterian Dayschool's football players came to Center's home to pick up the chair and make the delivery. Center says he did not want to use the motorized chair for fear of becoming to dependent on it and says he says he will make due with his cane, and wishes Faust the best.
"I hope he gets many rides," said Center.
Lady practically pounced on Patti Jones, a local animal activist and someone Faust considers family, as she arrived. Faust anxiously watch as FPD's players unload his new chair.
"I'm glad to see that chair on the back of that truck," he exclaimed.
Faust joked with the players as they shook hands and chatted. The players transferred Faust from his old chair to the new one.
"Oh man, this feel comfortable, yeah!" he said as he found his sweet spot.
Before suffering a stroke, Jesse donated his time by helping strangers in post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Now, a stranger returns the favor.
"Some people say the hell with you," Faust said. "I thank God for her heart and I thank God she made a way for me and Lady to hit the road again."
Faust returned the Centers' thoughtful donation of a new chair with a picture of himself and Lady wearing a dress.
Faust said it was too hot to take Lady for a walk on Wednesday, but they'll be out first thing Thursday morning.
Faust's joy maybe short lived. Save-A-Pet will have to move by the end of October. That means Faust is now looking for another place to call home that will accept both of them.