(ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UTH) When Gunny Monster tells you to drop and give me 20, you better listen.
Gunny is dressed in his drill instructor outfit and is pure muscle. He barks out orders to me as I do more and more push-ups. Oh, by the way, Gunny is an Old English Bulldog. Gunny’s Driver, Troy Grant, told me; “When we are working with the recruiters, we’ll put him in his drill instructor uniform and stick him by a pull up bar. Help people get that little extra pull-up.”
Troy Grant served our country as a United States Marine. Gunny’s first uniform was made from one of Grant’s old dress blue uniforms.
Since I always hats in my story, I just so happen to be dressed in my drill instructor hat. I leaned toward Gunny and asked him about getting a best dressed dog contest at Solider Hollows. He barked back and answer. I asked Troy to translate; “When we walked out in front of the crowd, the crowd yelled loud enough that the dogs on the mountain started barking in return.”
Gunny’s winnings of $1000 were donated to Toys for Tots.
You’ve probably seen him at various charity events around Utah. One of his favorites has been being the mascot for Toys for Tots in Salt Lake.
Troy said; “This was his 9th season.”
Sadly, this was Gunny’s last season helping Toys for Tots.
Tory explained “Come to find out he has Osteo Sarcoma Cancer. Eventually it will take his life. He’s on an experimental treatment to treat his bone density and control his pain.”
He continued; “I’ve got to admit; the last 9 years has been a journey. We’ve met some outstanding people. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Gunny has made a difference in people’s lives. And so, can you.
Troy got a bit emotional as he petted Gunny and told me; “Any advice I could give to somebody. Pick a charity. Just get out and help. Get involved. You might just get surprised where it takes you. “
Gunny, Thank you for your service. Semper Fi
These stories deserve to be told. These are Utah Caring Stories. I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News.
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