Help LCplHarmon get his Dog
At 19 he started training as a dog handler knowing he would soon be deployed to Afganistan. When he showed up to training the dogs stood on one side and the Marines stood at the other so they could be assigned their dog. When Rebel (his dog) saw my brother he got up and when and sat by my brother, Rebel chose his own human.
They trained constantly, Rebel was my brothers responsiblity 100%. April 2011 my family and I saw my brother and his buddies off the Afghanistan. That was by far the hardest day of my life, sending my brother off to war.
This was my brother's first deployment but it was Rebel's 3rd or 4th. While over there it was their job not to just protect each other but to protect ever service man they patrolled with. They ate, drank, slept together. If anything happened to Rebel my bother had to take care of him. They spent 8 months in a war zone together, Rebel comforted my brother through some of the scariest things in his life. This is my brothers chance to take care of him for life.
Rebel is at the vet because he needs surgery for an infected tumor that needs to be removed. His current owner can not afford to pay due to her son being very ill and tons of medical expenses. Anything that is raised over what we need for Rebel will be donated to her for her Son's Medical bills.
I know having Rebel back in my brother's life will make his life easier as he still has his struggles from being deployed. Any little bit will help.
One Proud USMC sister
Drew (my brother)told the lady of the plans to donate to her son and she stated that Rebel will need treatment for a long time and for Drew to use the money for Rebel. But she was grateful that we thought of her son and her.
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I will hopefully have a Facebook page started soon so everyone can follow the journey and post encouraging words!!
Thanks so much and please say a prayer for Rebel tomorrow, surgery is at 9am
Thank you all for your continued support!! Every dollar you guys donate will assuredly go to his future medical expenses. Also funds will go towards a scent kit and training aides. Training, is Rebels play time. He absolutely loves doing what he does. So in conclusion, keeping up with his training, our recertification, and future medical (if any .. In Jesus name ) can become costly. So again thank you all for your support. I will have to set up a time and place in the near future everyone to meet Rebel!! P.S. I have the best sister, that a guy could ask for!
To whom it may concern, The question has been brought up, asking why an increase and to why so many different cast or how many surgeries does he have to have? From the handler himself, Good question, everyone who donates should know where their money is going. Also to know what is going on with him. Rebel has had a few different procedures done. First, was to remove a growth that had opened up and became infected. Second, have the bandage removed and reevaluated. The evaluation did not go well. The tissue around the elbow was infected. Instead of a soft wrap, this time a hard cast was placed on. Of course after cleaning and appropriate measure was taken. Stronger antibiotics were given. Third, another evaluation took place two days later. A total of five days. Monday - Friday. Again the cast was removed and his wound was evaluated. Again another bad eval. The area of skin on his elbow had died. It was as large or a little larger than a silver dollar. That had to be surgically removed. Instead of stitching it back together then, we decided it would be wise to wait another two days just to make sure the infection was gone. Fourth, again we went back for another evaluation. This time it was a good eval. The infection was gone. The wound was wanting to heal. So of course another cast was placed. Fifth, one day later we had to have an emergency visit. Rebel being just as frustrated as we are, began to bite at the top of his cast. He bit away the padding at the top. The plastic was exposed and when he walked it cut into the upper of his leg. No replacement cast was needed. Only a re wrapping and packing. Sixth, here we are today. Rebel went in early this morning to have his operation of closing the wound. It was a success. Also while under sedation, so it wouldnt be two sedation fews. We went ahead and did some much need dental work and X-rays. A possible tooth extraction was going to be needed but we wouldn't know until after the X-rays came back. They came back great. No tooth extraction was going to be needed. Also nail clipping, gland and ear cleaning as well. Now that's the medical. Due to what kind of dog he is, other measures and precautions had to be taken to ensure his well being. Due to an FBI warning and other events, numerous other precautions have been set in place. Not only for the safety of ourselves but also for the well being of our community. Overseas, we as a team had a lofty bounty for our lives. A dog and handler were critical in many situations. I feel I do not need to explain further. Thank you all very much! Sincerely, LCpl Harmon & Rebel
Thank you for yours and Rebel's service. How is he doing?
Rebel goes for another consultation tomorrow. He is going to see a specialist, who specializes in tissue. Rebel started limping on his leg last week. His regular veterinarian is concerned on why. So off we go to a specialist and possibly have to have more surgery. Thank you guys so much the prayers and donations. They have helped in a tremendous way! We wouldn't be where we are today without you all!! Thank you so much!!
Ask your vet about trying Water therapy (to clean) and Thyme Honey (to heal). Many doctors and vets use it to heal infections and scars. It works faster and better than medication in many cases and without side effects. Try it on any cuts and see for yourself. Good luck to you both!
As I sit here in the veternarian office, I struggle to hold back tears. Rebels incision smells infected again and it just will not heal. Many prayers are asked for. Thank you.
Your sister said, "His current owner can not afford to pay due to her son being very ill and tons of medical expenses. Anything that is raised over what we need for Rebel will be donated to her for her Son's Medical bills." and 16 days ago you said, "....keeping up with his training, our recertification, and future medical (if any .. In Jesus name ) can become costly." So before I donate money to you, which is it? Are you keeping the money or helping the lady with medical bills for her son?
Dress bkues woukd rock. Would you be willing to set up a Fabcebook page for Rebel? That way we can all folow your guys' progress. Praying for you both.
thank y'all for the updates, we're so glad everything worked out.we hope he gets well soon. I would love to meet Rebel. please let us know about the meet and greet.