That all came apart several months ago when Maria's daughter, Donna Rall Jirousek, reached out to me to share the news that her mother had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Donna asked for my help in finding Mojo a new home when the time came. I knew this would be a challenge because Mojo was already 10 years old, in addition to having this rare, genetic disorder. But I committed to helping Maria, just as Maria had committed to Mojo four years earlier.
In late April, Donna informed me that Maria had passed away. Although I only knew her through social media, I was saddened by the loss of someone with whom I had a special bond. I began seeking a new home for Mojo right away, by posting the news on my dog Cuda's Facebook page.
Soon, a woman named Rachel Bryant reached out to me - she lived only two hours from Mojo and was able to take him into her home for as long as was needed, even if it meant forever. She fell in love with him instantly.