My first service animal was Ace. It’s hard to express just how much he meant to me. I liked the dark, he liked the light. He thrived on routine, which helped me to maintain structure in my life. When I had flashbacks and nightmares, his laying his head on my leg grounded me.
On 06 Oct 17 @ 1540, Ace was violently taken away from me. We were walking on the sidewalk. Ace was on his leash and wearing his vest. It was a happy and familiar routine. I certainly had no idea that my life would change so drastically within moments. A speeding car jumped the curb and struck and killed Ace. The driver stopped a little more than a block away only to check the damage to his car and then drove off. I guess it's a good thing he did because, upon reflection, I'm afraid I might have done something I would have regretted. I told you, I need Grace.
My life has been quite dark since losing Ace. He is irreplaceable, and I owe him so much. He will live in my heart forever.
It soon became apparent that for me to continue on, I needed help again. I needed another service animal. But it’s not easy to find such a partner. For me to receive Ace, I had to go through special training and get special certifications. And service animals are not trained for all disabilities; they are individually trained for their future partner. I needed to find one specifically trained for PTSD. After countless hours searching, interviewing, and filling out applications, I found Ultimate Canine and master trainer, Julie Case, in Westfield, Indiana.
They have identified a puppy that possesses all the qualities of an excellent service animal. Her name is Grace!
However, such a highly trained animal is not inexpensive. I have already put down $5,000, but I need approximately $20,000 more. That’s why I’m reaching out to you—I need Grace. Can you help? If she’s anything like Ace, she will help me to be the best person I can be.
I am grateful beyond words for each and every contribution. I promise to keep this page updated well into the future so that you all can see how Grace and I are doing.
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