Basset Hound Saves Man From Suicide

Posted: March 7, 2010 in Dogs, Cats, Pets, Animals, Uncategorized
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I volunteer on a suicide hotline. In fact, that’s where I am right now.

Fortunately, it’s quiet.

One of the things we learn in our training is that if people feel they have a reason to live they are less likely to act on their suicidial thoughts.

Meet Antigone.

Marshall Lee got Antigone from a basset rescue organization. She was  from one of those scumbag puppy mills. Those are those horrid places where they exploit dogs through breeding and sell them to your cheery mall pet stores.

Anyway, Marshall loved his college teaching job and when he got laid off it broke his heart. After sending 200 resumes around and not getting a single response he got despondent. This Persian Gulf War veteran began to have suicial thoughts and began to believe he’d be better off dead.

If you haven’t had a bout with depression it might be hard to understand. It took Marshall two hours to get out of bed every morning. He didn’t have any energy for anything.

He decided to kill himself. He began to make the plans.

Something kept getting in the way of his death strategy.


He couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her alone and uncared for. Then, something rose up inside of Marshall, that something inside us that doesn’t accept defeat. That pissed off something that says “Fight back.”

So after losing his job and his apartment, Marshall Lee got on his bike. He put Antigone in the pull along thing and the two of them set out to ride from Chicago to San Francisco to raise awareness for two causes.

Suicide prevention and basset rescue.

Victor Frankl, the philosopher who survived Nazi death camps, once said that life gets meaning when you take on a cause greater than yourself with a vitally absorbing interest. People vitally absorbed in helping people live fulfilled lives.

They l-i-v-e.

So, this Thursady when Marshall and Antigone pedaled across the Golden Gate Bridge, a bridge that someone commits suicide off every fifteen days, there were two vitally absorbed lives being transported by a whole lot more than a bicycle.

Antigone was rescued by Guardian Angel Basset Hound Rescue, an organization I call family. Out of the Darkness is an organization that helps raise suicide awareness. Read about them on Marshal Lee’s  blog:

  1. rRb says:


  2. Wanda says:

    I saw something about this on t.v. or e-net. I cried. What a wonderful story. God works many wonderful things in peoples lives and I believe He had a hand in bringing them together. You can also see the heart and soul of the beautiful basset in the eyes they have.
    Thanks for bringing this story, its so beautiful.

  3. Christine says:

    They rescued each other…how fantastic is that!?! Thanks for sharing this, Tom!

  4. D.B. Dean says:

    the deepths that sadness and depression can bring one to is heart wrenching. But it is in these times of utter lonliness and despair that our hearts can be made tender. And a tender heart is the perfect environment for great love and passion to develop and grow. If you turn from your own despair and failure and focus on those around you, you can achieve great love. And at the same time bring yourself out of the darkness into the light.

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