As you may have noticed by this point, we have some amazing clients with inspiring stories. If only we had the time to tell every single one! We are back with another Boomer Client Story.
This story is extra special to our team because it revolves around dogs. Here at Boomer Benefits, you will find a team of Medicare Experts that double as dog lovers!
Our company’s co-founder, Danielle K. Roberts, is possibly the biggest dog lover of all of us. From her own furkids at home, to all the others she has bettered with her continual shelter donations, she has made the world a better place for our four-legged friends.
With that background, it sheds a little more light on why we had to know more about Eileen’s story.
Eileen’s story is one of both loss and love and begins with an 80 pound Labrador/Shepherd named Sage.
On a fateful day while walking through a flea market, Eileen and her then husband were approached by a man asking if they wanted a dog.
Eileen explained that her initial response was a hard no. With four rescues (three cats and sheltie mix) at home and a major project underway of restoring an 1800’s home, another dog wasn’t part of the plan.
Fast forward a couple hours and Eileen had a new member of the family, Sage the 80 pound Labrador/Shepherd.
As many of us can relate, life threw a few curveballs Eileen’s way. After a divorce and the loss of Willow the sheltie mix, all in a short period of time, Sage and Eileen became inseparable and undoubtedly the best of friends.
Eileen summed up their relationship when she said, “As fate would have it, she and I became closer than any other animal I have ever owned in my life… I loved her more than words can say.”
At 12 years old, Sage tragically passed away. Eileen explained, “My loss was greater than I can explain. I could not get near a dog without soaking them in tears. My heart ached to have her back with me.”
“My loss was greater than I can explain. I could not get near a dog without soaking them in tears. My heart ached to have her back with me.”
Fortunately, there is redemption in this story best told by Eileen herself:
Sitting in church on All Saints day, my mind wandered, and I prayed, “God please tell me when I am strong enough to get another dog.”
Two hours later my neighbor sent me a text that said, “I know someone that took in numerous animals from the hurricanes in Florida. Are you interested?”
If that isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is.
I had to fill out an application and make an appointment to go and see them. I walked in and could not stop crying.
There were dogs running all over the place, so I just sat down in the middle. There were two dogs that immediately wrestled over sitting in my lap.
After soaking them both in tears, the woman at the shelter said, “What do you think?”
I said, “I think I have to take both of them.”
I named the big one Walker and the small one Nugget.
From day one, Walker would lie down, and Nugget would curl up against his stomach and fall asleep.
They are still learning manners, but I have grown to love them in the few short months I have had the honor of being their Mom.
Walker was so thin when I got him you could see vertebrae in his spine and every rib. Lord knows how long he wandered alone without food.
It was almost two months after the hurricane in Florida hit that I got them. Walker is still a little fearful of things but progressing.
They are safe, well-fed, walked EVERY day and bring me such joy.
I still have a heart shaped necklace with a tiny speck of Sage’s ashes in it that I wear. I will forever miss her. But for now, I am twice blessed.
I have finally retired after 43 years as a draftsman, updated to CAD technician (computer aided drafting) since the inception of computers in the business world.
I worked 3 previous jobs when I was fresh out of high school at a men’s clothing store, a women’s clothing store, and as a billing clerk at a laundromat.
I was recently offered a job in my field with possibly great benefits but had to say no. Enough is enough. I love waking up without an alarm clock.
I am also happy to say that my entire life I have had one to three colds per season; since my retirement, zero colds.
I am no longer stressed, and for the first time in my life I am no longer sleep deprived.
I love standing in my kitchen waiting for the coffee to finish brewing, in my pajamas at 7 o’clock. I certainly don’t miss getting up at 4:30 to start work at 6:00 so I can beat the rush hour traffic.
My only restriction now is that I am back to a time schedule with my two new adoptees. I still can’t leave them alone for too long and must put them in the laundry room while I’m gone.
The only thing they haven’t tried to eat is the washer and dryer. Give them time though.
I gave away the training crate I had for Sage many years ago. My new boys have eaten 4 beds and every throw rug in my house. Which by the way is a lot… I have a ranch with hardwood floors and many throw rugs.
Excuse me, that is HAD many throw rugs. I am down to one that I pick up when I leave.
I had intended to rehab my home as a retirement project. I envisioned it being a happy home with Sage. When she passed, it was so empty that I just lost interest in it.
I have a ton of hobbies and have a ton of furniture to redo but right now I am too busy loving my new boys, Walker and Nugget.
I must also add that I am so glad I found Boomer Benefits. I tore out a page from somewhere that I saw a description of who and what Boomer Benefits was. I read about the founder who wrote for Forbes Magazine, and kept the number with my “soon-to-retire” pile of paperwork.
After making myself crazy with questions and meeting with the Medicare Advantage groups in my area, I called them in desperation for answers.
I was put in touch with Chris Humphries and he was a true blessing. He answered every question. He was incredibly patient with my incessant queries of “what if’s” and called back each week to let me digest the last conversation and allow me to ask MORE questions… until I ran out of questions.
He was so helpful and gave me real answers I did not get elsewhere.
I have since told everyone I know to call and find out about all of the “truths” they were told that like Mark Twain once said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”