In December 2015, a dog dubbed “Tailboard” was taken in by a group of Corpus Christi Professional Firefighters – Tailboard, who was rescued from a Texas animal control agency, wound up becoming the unofficial mascot for Fire Station 14. Captain Scott Moreland recounted the doggy-save to KRISTV News:
“Apparently somebody had initially adopted him it and it didn’t work out so they took him back and he was nearing the end of his stay there. He was the only one that sat there and looked at us and didn’t make a sound so I think it was kind of a perfect set up for us.”
Tailboard, named for the portion of the fire truck where he opted to make himself comfortable, had several ailments when he was first adopted by Fire Station 14, but his new firefighting family ensured that he was taken care of.
In late March, Focus on Furever, whose volunteer photographers captured Tailboard in his new fire station home, wrote:
Tailboard had a few cards stacked against him: he is considered a bully breed, he was heartworm positive and had an ear infection at the time of his adoption; but the fine folks at the station raised the funds, with the help of the community, to have him treated and will be finishing his heartworm treatment on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016.
On August 25, followers of Tailboard’s Facebook page learned that the beloved firehouse mascot was just diagnosed with terminal cancer. The heartbreaking post described Tailboard’s grim diagnosis,”Hey Everyone, we have some unfortunate news. Tailboard has developed metastatic lung cancer that has originated and spread from tumors on his spleen.”
Tailboard’s veterinary team has recommended that the cancer-stricken dog receive special care…specifically, a good deal of spoiling. Fire Station 14 members intend to do just that – give the dog who they consider to be part of their firefighting family, the gift of their unconditional love.
Tailboard’s family wrote, “For now, we are going to continue to enjoy Tailboard’s company at CC Fire Station#14. “Snug as a Bug in a Rug” for his evening nap with a belly full of chow.”
Find Tailboard’s Facebook page here.
(Photos Focus on Furever, Stacy Palacios, Heidi Merritt and Steven Pituch)