Combat Vet's Service Dog Needs Treatment

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Raised by 30 people in 60 months
Hi, My name is Matt Benoist. I'm writing because "Libby", my service dog, needs help. I am a disabled veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury "TBI" and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder "PTSD" among other injuries from a blast incurred while serving overseas in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. When I returned home things just weren't the same. I dealt with nightmares, anger, agoraphobia, short- term memory loss, sleeplessness and depression. For several years I, like many, went without help. One day it all caught up with me and I checked myself into a treatment program at the VA designed to help returning vets deal with these very issues -- and it saved my life. During this time I was exposed to and discovered how great a service dog could be when suffering from these issues so I set out to find a service dog of my own -- and I found Libby.

Libby is 5 year old Golden Retriever, and what I found in her was that she seemed to already know what I needed. If I ask her to "block" for me she stands between me and any person I am conversing with; she alerts me when someone walks up behind me so I am not startled when approached; she finds my car when I forget where I've parked, and wakes me up when I'm having nightmares to comfort me until I can get back to sleep. Most of all she knows when I am having a panic attack and helps calm me down. She is so good at her job that now my wife knows when something is wrong or I've had a bad day because Libby just sits and stares at me, lifting my hand and urging me to pet her for comfort. Everyday Libby is selfless in her love and devotion to me, and now it is my turn to be there for Libby::.

Libby's right rear leg has suddenly become paralyzed. I took her to the vet for x-rays and found that she has an impinged nerve or nerves in her back from a slipped disk. The doctor put her on prednisone in hopes she would bounce back, but so far there has been very little improvement. Her leg drags behind her and she still needs help getting up to go out to relieve herself. Thus I have found myself in a position to ask for help for Libby. She needs physical therapy and possible surgery and I am not in a financial position to fully pay for her care. I cannot imagine my life without her nor doing all that I can for her, as she has done for me. So I am reaching out to my friends, family and dog lover community for assistance.

Her care will most likely exceed $2000 so I am asking for donations. If she responds well and does not need surgery it could be less, in which case any exceeding money will be donated to the organization: America's VetDogs the Veterans K-9 Corps www.vetdogs.org , who train dogs like Libby. Any amount ($5, $10, $20:..) is immensely appreciated and I am humbled by your support!

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information

Gratefully,
Matt Benoist
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Pic of the night of her injury. Not the best shot. Kinda blurry.
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It looks like Libby suffered from an embolism. A Fibrocartilaginous Embolism to be exact or "FCE" for short. I will post the info sheet from the vet for everyone that is interested on what that really is. The vet says that this usually resolves on its own and Libby seems to be doing really well. Dr. Sarpong at the Metro Paws Animal Hospital expects her to make a full recovery over the next few months with physical therapy and is really lucky because some never recover.

Thank you all who donated making her current treatment and consultation possible! I would like everyone to know how your donations have been spent. Libby has seen to two different specialist, had blood work done, given medication for elevated liver enzymes/other issues, two complete examinations, and an adjustment at Dr. Gigglemans office. Libby will require further treatment to help aid her throughout the recovery process so continued donations would be greatly appreciated.

A special thank you to Dr. Giggleman with Parker College Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Kathryn Sarpong with the Metro Paws Animal Hospital in Dallas, TX! The compassion you have for animals shows through your work and I highly recommend them to anyone within FLIGHT range. That should pretty much cover anyone and everyone!

I will continue to post periodic updates as Libby recovers. If anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to send me an email.

Libby and Matt.
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More of out long day.
Blood draw for lab work @ 2nd Vet :(
Dr. Giggleman examining Libby
She so worn out! Been very long day!
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Libby at the 1st Vet yesterday
On the way to the Vet in Dallas
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Michael Wainstein
60 months ago

It was a pleasure to meet Matt and Libby yesterday at Dr. Giggleman's office. Wishing Libby a speedy recovery!

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Christi Hubbard
60 months ago

Veteran Rescue will provide any tax deductible receipts for donations helping Libby!

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Raised by 30 people in 60 months
Created September 5, 2013
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TM
$5
Tony Maag
60 months ago

No, thank you!

KB
$50
Kathy Buchtel
60 months ago

Hey, Matt. I love you and hope this helps a little!

CA
$50
Cindy Akins
60 months ago

Matt, Hope this helps. Your Mom has told us how wonderful Libby is and what she means to you.

BP
$50
Bill Powers
60 months ago

more than happy to help brother-just wish it could be more- hope she comes around right away! We love you Matt and appreciate your service-

TH
$25
Trudy H
60 months ago

Wishing you and Libby Well!

$200
Anonymous
60 months ago
Michael Wainstein
60 months ago

It was a pleasure to meet Matt and Libby yesterday at Dr. Giggleman's office. Wishing Libby a speedy recovery!

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Christi Hubbard
60 months ago

Veteran Rescue will provide any tax deductible receipts for donations helping Libby!

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