Most of us never need a service dog and or work with a service dog. These animals work with devotion and dedication. Guide Dogs of America, Canine Companions, police dogs, military dogs, search and rescue dogs all unselfishly toil. The dogs who worked the World Trade Center needed therapy when they found no survivors. Their handlers hiding people for them to rescue. A guide dog walked his handler down seventy plus floors. Unwilling to leave him when released outside the crumbling tower.
Able-bodied people take their mobility and independence for granted. Blessed with the freedom to come and go as they wish. Not everyone is so fortunate. For those unable to see or dress themselves, the dogs are their eyes and hands. Yesterday, I met a young man who knows freedom because of his service dog. He wanted to thank me because I’m raising a puppy for the same organization. Meeting him was all the thanks I need.
On August 26th, the Marines sent Cena home. The ten-year-old Labrador served three tours in Afghanistan. Cena suffered from an aggressive form of bone cancer. Her Marine went home four years before her. When she returned, she continued her service. Helping him cope with PTSD. Now she’s in heaven and he is left with a heavy heart. This man and his dog served unselfishly protecting our freedom. They are the best of us as a nation. Thank you both and God speed Cena.
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