Mellie — Emerging Hero

Charity Partner: Hand in Paw
Location: Carmichael, California

I had a very serious fall in the dark at the end of 2012 and had many injuries; dislocated shoulder, broken bones in my shoulder, two tears to the rotator cuff, and a torn meniscus in my knee. I also had a great deal of PTSD and became extremely vigilant and afraid of the dark. Because of my injuries, both physical and emotional, I was forced to retire. After my fall, we decided I needed a companion dog. We found Mellie at a shelter. She was only about eight months old and had been picked up as a stray. We were immediately drawn to her because of her happy disposition and friendliness. From the moment my husband and I brought her home, she became attached to me and helped me through some dark times. Mellie goes everywhere with me and stays with me when I am home and always sleeps at the end of our bed. It has taken me several years to rehabilitate and Mellie has been right by my side every step of the way. She has even helped me with the PTSD symptoms and in her special way taught me to remain optimistic. When I get depressed because of my injuries that will always affect my life, Mellie looks up at me with those positive, happy eyes and is the best therapist anyone could have. She is a joy to everyone around her. My neighbors love her and come by just to see Mellie. She deserves the title American Humane Hero Dog because she is an angel sent to me when I needed someone most of all.