Issac — Service

Location: King George, Virginia

A hero brings light to your darkest days and can lift you up with just a smile.

From hardships as a stray, Issac was unruly and battered when placed in a shelter. He was 24 hours from euthanasia when Canines for Veterans rescued him for training by Marines at Camp Lejeune.

From my Army service in Bosnia, I am legally blind and lost my left leg below the knee. I was 24 hours from imminent death when doctors saved me at Walter Reed Hospital.

We were both given second chances at life. From the moment we met, I knew we were meant to be together. I was his special person and he was the blessing I needed most. Ultimately we healed each other and have been inseparable ever since.

Issac knew immediately that my eyes were different. Often crying from my physical and emotional trauma, Issac ever so gently licked away my tears. Issac was telling me he understood and that he would never leave my side. His devotion to duty was undeniable.

Without hesitation, Issac always instinctually adapted to my sudden health challenges. He gave me renewed strength and confidence and taught me to believe in myself again. His unconditional love gave me the courage to fight and saved my soul from suicidal thoughts.

Our bond is unbreakable because we understand the powerful difference that just one day can make. I cannot image my life without Issac as he inspires me to make each day the best it can be. Issac is truly my Hero Dog and the reason I never quit and never give up hope!

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