Mel Sheeler joins Dr. Bunny to discuss retirement. How does it feel to be retired after spending much of your lifetime being busy? How do you fill the ‘void’ when you suddenly have the freedom to do anything, or nothing, at all? Mel has some very interesting insight that might surprise you.
Mel made a conscious decision not to get involved quite as much in Henderson, Nevada, where he and his lovely wife, Kathy, moved to after retirement. He has become more active in his local church, and is still very involved in the National Police Dog Foundation, as well as still being involved with Caregivers Assisting the Elderly.
This is an inspiring interview with a very special man!
Here’s more info on the National Police Dog Foundation and Caregivers Assisting the Elderly, both of which Mel spoke about in his interview:
About the National Police Dog Foundation:
In 1998 the Ventura Police Dog Foundation began as a local group helping to fund the K-9 program for the City of Ventura, CA. Ventura Police Department Lt. Dave Inglis and veterinarian Dr. Ron Dalzell, along with a few volunteers, realized the need for a civilian organization to help fund K-9 units. In addition, many cities in Ventura County lacked budgets to fund their K-9 programs in their entirety, so the foundation expanded and became the Police Dog Foundation. Not only did police departments lack the initial funds to purchase and train a dog, many did not have a budget for serious medical issues. This continues to be the same circumstance today throughout the US, so the foundation expanded again and became the National Police Dog Foundation. Visit our FAQs page to learn more.
The National Police Dog Foundation began to support K-9 units throughout the United States in 2004. We currently assist law enforcement agencies through funding to achieve their goals of providing a K-9 unit with quality police dogs and training. In addition, the NPDF has also incorporated a network of veterinarians to help assist agencies with providing for maintenance care and possible emergencies as well as costly medical situations that might occur during their active service career. Equally important is to provide continued care for the police service dog after it retires. Our network of veterinarians includes some of the country’s most valued specialists in many varying areas of health care.
Currently many dogs for police service work are imported from Europe. The origins of most working breeds are in these countries, providing us with some of the best bloodlines available. Although through many years of importing excellent breeding stock from Europe, the United States now has the ability to produce dogs of equal quality. One of the many benefits of dogs bred in America is that they do not have to travel the many hours now necessary by plane to come to the US, saving them the stress of these long flights.
It is the mission of the National Police Dog Foundation to raise funds, promote education and awareness for the purchase, training and on-going veterinary care for active and retired police K-9s. We hope you’ll join us in this effort by supporting this noble cause.
Caregivers Assisting The Elderly:
Founded in 1984 with a grant from the Interfaith Council on Aging and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet developed a community-based model to meet a growing need in the United States. Today, CAREGIVERS serves hundreds of seniors in six cities throughout Ventura County – one of the largest aging populations in the Nation! Thanks to generous gifts from Individuals, Foundations, Corporations and Public Agencies, CAREGIVERS continues to respond to the important needs of homebound and frail elders.