The first inductee into the VVMA’s Vermont Animal Hall of Fame tonight is Bullet, a black Labrador Retriever who was owned by Lynda Morgan and her son Nicky of Grand Isle Vermont. Bullet was nominated by VVMA member veterinarian Dr. Alison Harris.
Bullet worked for 7 1⁄2 years as a fulltime companion to Nicky who is severely handicapped. His duties? Greeting and cheering the multitude of educators, therapists, medical professionals and friends who constantly parade through Nicky’s room. But that’s not all! Bullet also visited at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the Converse Home in Burlington and the CIDER Meal program at the Congregational Church in South Hero on a regular basis. One of his favorite assignments was visiting area schools as a Canine Ambassador where he did presentations about responsible pet ownership and demonstrated all the wonderful things students can do with their dogs.
Bullet had a crooked Elvis smile and a perpetually wagging tail. Sadly, Bullet died on February 15, 2003 due to a severe illness, but he is fondly remembered by many throughout the Champlain Islands as the service dog that “truly gave more than he ever asked for and strived every day of his life to improve the lives of others”. To many, there was no finer or devoted dog.
The VVMA is pleased to induct Bullet posthumously into the Second VVMA Vermont Animal Hall of Fame in the Companion Animal Category.