Sobee — Service

Sponsor: Lulu's Fund
Location: Holts Summit, Missouri

I am nominating my service dog Sobee. Sobee is a 4-year-old rescue who was in a kill shelter in Georgia. She was 2 days away from being euthanized when the organization K9s On The Front Line rescued her and gave her to me. I am a combat veteran, who struggles with PTSD and a recovering addict, I began self-medicating after returning home from 2 deployments. I was living in Missouri and had no place to go except to keep digging my grave. With one last effort to have a good life, I got on a bus and traveled to Maine where I grew up. After returning to Maine and struggling to have my family around me or want anything to do with me, I ran into an old high school friend who had a service dog. I asked him if it helps and he said it saved him. He put me in contact with K9s On The Front Line and this is when my life changed. The founder Dr Hagen Blaszyk took me under his wings, assured me everything was going to be just fine, as I had an Army of Support with me now. When they gave me Sobee it was an instant bond. I began getting outside, going for walks, opening my curtains, I was beginning to see the world again because of a dog? Yes because of a dog. When I’m having a panic attack Sobee is trained to bring me back to the present moment and back to reality, if we are out in public Sobee is trained to watch my back. Because of Sobee I was able to start a chapter of K9s On The Front line, in Missouri paying it forward for veterans. Sobee is the true Hero Dog or I’d be buried!

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