Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — Fremont sewer repair contractors at Evenflow plumbing care a great deal about the local community they work in, reported by Jennifer Kho, At this time of year, Fremont resident Marlene Micco is always unhappy. Her son was killed in a car crash just before Thanksgiving in 1996, three weeks after her father died, and the holidays are especially difficult. “People say, Aren’t you over it yet?’ and I say, “It is my son. I’m never going to get over the pain of losing my son it never gets better it just gets different.” And this year, it seemed that things would be even worse. Their sewer clogged and needed serious repairs.
So Micco called Evenflow Plumbing and the owner, Gary Dimodana, came to fix the sewer. While he was making space in the pipes, he came up with an idea to help fill the void in Micco’s life. “ I don’t know her from beans, but she was just super sad about her son and I didn’t want her to be sad,” Dimodana said. “She just seemed like she needed something, like she was missing something.” He decided that Micco needed a puppy. “I got my first puppy at 8 and I don’t know it did – it made me happy,” said Dimodana, who owns two dogs himself. “The puppy will love you no matter what, it’s unconditional and it’s just a great feeling.” He had a friend who had a litter of pomeranians, and he asked Micco if she would like one.
At first Micco said no, worried about the extra work a dog would mean for her husband Frank. After her son died Marlene Micco has suffered from various health problems and has a disabled placard. But after talking it over with her husband, she changed her mind. “ I had one dog in my life, and everybody loved her, and then she got sick and died.” She said. “So when this kid – he’s a young man, but to me he’s a kid – said ‘You’re so sad, you need a puppy,’ it really struck my heart strings.”
Dimodana asked his friend about the puppy and discovered that the last dog already had been given away. So he went to the store where he bought his dogs, By-Rite, and found Muffin. “When you make a promise like that to someone, you don’t go back on it,” he said. “It’s just something you don’t do. And then when we went to pick out a dog, and we saw the papillon, it just looked like it fit her.”
Muffin, as the Micco’s grandchildren named her, is a foot long 13 week old papillon puppy, she is black and white , weighs 5 pounds and skitters all over the floor playing enthusiastically with her toys. Frank Micco plays with her fighting over the, “flower snake,” the floral printed oven mit. “She takes up a lot of my time, but she’s OK,” he says, teasingly. “She follows me around like a puppy, and if you leave her, she just sits and waits for you. The only thing wrong with her is she’s too small to chase cats away from my bird feeders, I’ll train her though.” “No, not my Muffin!” Marlene Micco says, laughing and pulling muffin onto her lap. “You’re worth a million to me.” She put Muffin down to bounce around the kitchen floor again.
When Marlene Micco got muffin the dog had already had her first doctor’s appointment, and she came with a carrier and lots of toys. She called the store to thank the owner, thinking it was Gary Dimodana’s friend and found out that Dimodana had bought the puppy. Micco said she was shocked and touched. “It was such a special thing. I didn’t believe it, I mean how many times do you meet Santa Claus?” She got more serious and tears came. “I’m still in shock that someone could be that good,” she said. “I felt it was a true gift of love, from someone I didn’t even know, You know nothing will take away the loss, but it fills up the void. I can hold her and she’s real loving and warm and we cuddle her and it just makes our life so different. This little teeny girl fills the house if you can believe it”