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| My name is Marvin. Sometimes I am called
Marvelous Marvin, Marv or M&M but mostly
just Marvin. I am a 10-year-old black Labrador.
Unfortunately like millions of shelter dogs
that are no longer wanted by their owners,
I also lived in a shelter for months waiting
to be adopted, not once but twice. As a puppy,
my right hind leg was injured leaving me
with a permanent disability. My original
owners gave me up after 3 ½- years because
they no longer had time for me in their lives.
The second family that adopted me returned
me to the shelter because they did not want
to deal with a lame dog. Fortunately, I never
gave up hope and was adopted by someone who
I doubt will ever give me up again.
Because of my intelligence and friendly personality,
not to mention my soft velvety ears and piercing
almond eyes, I was certified as a Delta Society Therapy Dog. Over the past 6 years I have visited over
112 different nursing homes,schools, rehabilitation hospitals, day care
centers, libraries and summer camps.
my tricks for children, putting a smile
the forgotten face of an elderly person
a nursing home, encouraging an inner
child to never give up and instilling
in a sick child is very important to
I can relate to the problems of those
fortunate because I experienced loneliness,
homelessness and living with a disability.
Giving up would have been easy but
to tell my story and hopefully encourage
others that there is always hope. My
is told in my book Marvelous Marvin. It is an inspirational story that has a
happy ending but getting there will evoke
I was given a second chance and will never forget it. With your support we can continue to give others who could not help themselves that special second chance. If all of us gave a little there is no telling how much we can accomplish.
Please feel free to stop by anytime to visit me at the Rhode Island SPCA shelter.