Tim Witting, 71, is a Vietnam veteran. He moved into the home a few months ago after his health was deteriorating. It was a bittersweet move because he could not bring along his furry four-legged friend Rusty. Witting used to spend everyday with Rusty, they lived together in an RV. However it was now a four hour trip to Oregon if he wanted to see Rusty. Witting had a relative who was taking good care Rusty, but was sad he could not see Rusty all the time."It was so sad I couldn't even say goodbye, I just had to leave," he said while holding back tears. Witting met Preston Sharp, who occasionally visits the veteran's home, and the two of them became friends.Preston took a tour of Witting's room and noticed the pictures of Rusty. Sharp learned that Rusty lived four hours away. He felt he needed to do something.
"I felt bad that he couldn't see his dog anymore," Sharp explained.
So for Christmas instead of asking for a laptop and toys he put something more important on the top of his list, Rusty.Witting and April Sharp, Preston's mother, both said yes. Witting admits to tearing up after Sharp told him he wanted to adopt Rusty.
"Now he gets to see him whenever he wants because he is not too far away," Sharp noted.
As Witting hugged Rusty he said, "This is my baby".
"He's so happy with them right now. He's so happy," Witting said with a smile on his face.
Witting is still cannot believe an 11-year-old would go above and beyond for him. "I was shocked. I couldn't believe that someone would do that for me or any veteran," he stated.
Witting said Sharp is a great young boy.
"To have a boy at that age, to do what he is doing and to take me under his wing and my dog is just amazing," Witting noted. "He is just wonderful. He's just been raised right and he's growing right."Sharp is happy to take care of Rusty for Tim Witting.
"I would do anything to make a veteran happy," Sharp noted.