LAYKA K-9 War Hero Needs Help!

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Layka is a Belgian Malinois who served our country overseas.  
While serving in Afghanistan, U.S. military combat dog Layka was shot four times by the enemy at point blank range.  Despite her injuries, she continued her attack and subdued the shooter, saving her handler and other members of her unit.  Layka underwent seven hours of surgery that required the amputation of her leg but saved her life.  Her handler Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, fought hard to adopt Layka and she is now a part of his family.
Last Sunday Layka fell and sustained an injury to her remamining front leg; it will require surgery and rehabilitation.  We flew Layka and Mr. McDonald to the University of Tennessee Vet Center where she will undergo surgery and rehabilitation.
Layka was there to serve our country and we need to be there for her.  
Expenses for Layka's surgery and rehabilitation are currently estimated at $10-$12,000.00
Barry and I hope you will consider joining us in the effort to help Layka.  All money raised will go toward her care and you can donate here.
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Layka has left the building. :)
She is on her way home with her best friend. Great job everyone! My special thanks to everyone at UT for the amazing care and love, to all of you who helped Layka get the care she needed and deserved.
Happy Holidays everyone. Becky
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Layka will be honored this weekend at The University of Tennessee football game!
She is the ultimate "VOL"!!
Her prosthetic will be delivered next week, ( it has to be perfect) and after she adjusts to it and the doctors agree...she should be home for the holidays!
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This week we celebrate Veterans Day, and it is difficult to say just how appreciated Veterans are to all of us. We thank you for your service to our country.
Thank you to all the Military War Dogs, like Layka, who have also served us.
Layka is almost ready to return to her handler, if all goes well perhaps three more weeks, then home for the holidays.
A school in NY requested information on Layka and we were happy to send several videos and UT provided us with the short video below. I share it with you so you can see Layka as she is today. Blessings to all of you.
Layka we all salute you and all MWD's!
Dr. Millis on Layka
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Linda Lucido
45 months ago
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Way to go, Layka! I love seeing your progress. Tell your human caretakers someone should write a book about your courage, your service to our country, and the stories that Becky says keep flowing in about your military experiences. It would make a wonderful book to have and cherish. God Bless You, your family, and the wonderful doctors and nurses who are helping you on this journey.

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Brad Parish
44 months ago
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On Behalf of International Veterinary Sciences (IVS) we would like to thank Layka and her countless contributions to our country and our soldiers. We also want to donate an ongoing supply of our Arthramine Max Bone and Joint Supplement which will help with Layka's mobility and rehabilitation. Please call us on 1-800-453-3805 to arrange delivery. We would be honored to help her in this small way. God Bless America and our soldiers (both 2 & 4 legged)

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Janet Squire
44 months ago
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so happy to hear Layka is doing better!!!!!

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Greg Albert
44 months ago
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Sure hope layka gets better soon.Glad I could help as I love Dogs.And my hat is off to all that serve to keep us safe.

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Vicki Hawkins
44 months ago
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Keep safe.

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Debbie Downing Von Feldt
43 months ago

I am just thrilled that Layka is with her handler!!! I am so sorry she is going to have to endure another surgery but, I pray that it all goes well. She is truly a hero and deserves the best!! It was an honor to help this Hero to be with the one she loves and protected.

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Gary Furuta
43 months ago

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful for Layka's military service and for her continued recovery progress.

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$10
François Pineau
43 months ago

Merry Christmas and happy new year, dear Layka ! I wish I could do more for you, but I help many other furry friends...

RH
$50
Rickey Harvey
43 months ago

Thank You Layka for your service and sacrifice,

PN
$50
Phuong Nguyen
43 months ago
$25
Laurie Minarcik
44 months ago

Thank you both for your service!!

$10
François Pineau
44 months ago

Keep going, Layka !

CB
$50
Cherokee Ballard
44 months ago
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The GoFundMe Team
44 months ago
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$205
terri barber
44 months ago

Best cause ever!

$25
Dan and Mary Allen
44 months ago

This donation is from Col (Ret) Dan Allen and Mary. Sending their love and support to Layka!

$15
Tina Michel
44 months ago

Blessings to sweet Layka K-9! You are a heroine and a beautiful girl!

Linda Lucido
45 months ago
4
4

Way to go, Layka! I love seeing your progress. Tell your human caretakers someone should write a book about your courage, your service to our country, and the stories that Becky says keep flowing in about your military experiences. It would make a wonderful book to have and cherish. God Bless You, your family, and the wonderful doctors and nurses who are helping you on this journey.

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Brad Parish
44 months ago
2
2

On Behalf of International Veterinary Sciences (IVS) we would like to thank Layka and her countless contributions to our country and our soldiers. We also want to donate an ongoing supply of our Arthramine Max Bone and Joint Supplement which will help with Layka's mobility and rehabilitation. Please call us on 1-800-453-3805 to arrange delivery. We would be honored to help her in this small way. God Bless America and our soldiers (both 2 & 4 legged)

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Janet Squire
44 months ago
1
1

so happy to hear Layka is doing better!!!!!

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Greg Albert
44 months ago
1
1

Sure hope layka gets better soon.Glad I could help as I love Dogs.And my hat is off to all that serve to keep us safe.

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Vicki Hawkins
44 months ago
1
1

Keep safe.

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Debbie Downing Von Feldt
43 months ago

I am just thrilled that Layka is with her handler!!! I am so sorry she is going to have to endure another surgery but, I pray that it all goes well. She is truly a hero and deserves the best!! It was an honor to help this Hero to be with the one she loves and protected.

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Gary Furuta
43 months ago

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful for Layka's military service and for her continued recovery progress.

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