Not long ago, Danny Comeaux found himself on a slippery slope, about to hit bottom. His wake-up call came with the unanticipated death of his father which motivated him to make changes in his own life. He began the slow climb up and along the way he adopted a pit bull puppy. He named the puppy Moose, which had been his father’s nickname. It was through his dog Moose that Comeaux discovered his purpose and took back his life.
When searching for a place to live they faced discrimination time and again, but instead of conceding Comeaux decided to turn a negative into a positive. “I looked at [Moose] and said ‘let's show the world we're not bad...we have love and we can show it.’” Together they became advocates against Breed Specific Legislation in the state of Indiana and then took to the road, hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in 2013 to raise awareness and demonstrate that pit bulls are just as loving, intelligent and loyal as any other dogs.
My first encounter with this amazing team came while I was collecting stories for my first book. In my attempt to shed a positive light on a group of dogs who are mislabeled, maligned and misunderstood and do my small part to help unwanted pit bulls find homes, I unexpectedly found a family – a group of compassionate, like-minded individuals who in some small way hoped to change the world for pit bulls and the people who love them. Danny Comeaux was one of those people. What he and Moose were able to achieve was no small feat. Their influence was far-reaching; it was truly inspirational.
Comeaux and Moose hiked nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine over a five month period. Moose even carried his own backpack and supplies. Their adventures were chronicled on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
They met with many obstacles along the way but they never gave up, triumphantly reaching the peak of Mt. Katahdin on September 5, 2013.
Their motto was WeWillFinish and they did.
Since then, Comeaux has found a new career as an actor in television and films under the name Dc Martin. His roles include a part in the 2015 Robert Redford/Nick Nolte film “A Walk in the Woods.” He anticipates a bright future and gives credit to Moose for his success.
Plans were underway for Comeaux and Moose to continue their mission by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Sadly, it was not to be. Moose passed away on April 8, 2016. While Comeaux has not yet decided what he will do next, WeWillFinish will always be the legacy he shared with his best friend. They will forever share a bond that will never be broken.
Moose may not have lived a long life, but he lived a full and meaningful one, jam-packed with adventures. He made many friends, changed perceptions and opened countless minds and hearts. He made the most of his time here and lived life to the fullest.
Moose accomplished things most of us never will and he made more of an impact in a few short years than many of us will in a lifetime. He will always be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Fly high, Moose. You have earned your wings.
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