Hatsuko Chana Tatum

NAME: Hatsuko Chana Tatum
AGE: 6 months
STORY: I am the only survivor of a house fire on 18-December-2020 that took my spouse, my Service Dog a Shiba Inu, Marley Michiko and her little sister Kuri Tatsuo a Blue Heeler/Mountain Cur mix. I was lucky, even with 3rd Degree burns, I was discharged from the hospital on 22-December-2020. Lived in my car behind the burnt house, for a night with only a $500 Red Cross Debit card, so I was saving it until the next night when a friend called the police to “twist my arm” to go to the $60 a night Motel 6. On 12-January-2021, I moved into an empty HUD Section 8 apartment. On 18-January-2021, I turned the key on the Retort and started the cremation process for my spouse (due to being in the hospital, I never had that opportunity with my “Girls of the Canine Persuasion”…they were taken by our County Humane Society to our Vet, and they immediately transferred them to a pet crematory we had used since we moved back to my spouses home in 1996…only found this out last Friday…no letter, no call, no email…from either…and their collars were “tossed” so I don’t even have those). The Funeral Mass of my spouse was on 10-February-2021, 2 days on what would have been their 64th birthday. Due to us being in Mansfield, Ohio the ground was frozen at the cemetery where church donated a grave. So we had the Inurnment Burial on 05-April-2021, on Easter Monday. On the following Sunday, my Service Dog in Training, Hatsuko Chana joined me (“Divine Mercy Sunday”) here I’m Mansfield after being driven up from Cincinnati, Ohio. So I have been training her myself ever since then. She has been with me to every doctor’s appointment I have had (Internist, Opthomologist due to my Glaucoma, post-fire counseling, psychiatrist, and many more). This photo that is attached is when I went to my Urologist for a cancer follow-up visit with my Urologist a week ago Monday. Everyone falls in love with her, and she is on the road to being a great Service Dog. Kathy barnes


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