Combat Veteran Bomb Dog Sonny

Hello, my name is David and I am a retired USMC veteran. On my last deployment in 2012 to Afghanistan I was assigned with a IDD(Improvised explosive device Detector Dog)named Sonny. Sonny and I became quickly attached and trained very hard before and during our deployment. After a successful tour I came home and Sonny went back for another retraining to deploy again and that’s the last I seen him.My next chapter was about to begin, from being in the Marine Corps for 13 years and leaving in 2013. That Fall of 2013 I started college and adjusting to civilian life as planned. Then, out of the blue one day I get a email asking me if, “I would like to adopt Sonny my IDD?”I responded with haste and by February 14, 2014 we were reunited and Sonny became my service/assistant dog.
Which brings me here today, In the last 3 months Sonny has developed a large mass on the back right hip and he has been drastically losing weight and strength. I have had help from veterans and friends alike with inital bills but this time it has got a heavier burden on me. As of February 20th, 2018 I recently have talked to the veterinarian about the price and the avenue of approach for Sonny. So they wanted to do X-rays and blood work and then after that is done go from there to do surgery and diagnostic procedures. As it is right now I am wishing 800.00 but with the beginning of what they need to do is 400.00+.
With this I thank you for your interest in reading my story and hope you would pass this around to friends, family, and colleagues.

Very respectfully,
David & Sonny


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David Nilson 
Jacksonville, NC
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