People in our military struggle severely with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. That is why in two years when I retire, I want to train dogs to give to a Wounded Warrior in return for all they have done for us to keep us safe and so we have our freedom. I've seen firsthand the amazing healing the companionship of a dog can bring!
So, we went in search of a German Shepherd puppy. We got Annie from a breeder and we were attracted to her right away because I have always felt German Shepherds were so intelligent and could provide that healing that I was looking for. I can't tell you how excited we were to bring home our new puppy! She was going to help me to see if I had the "right stuff" to be able to train dogs to help our Warriors once I retired. If I do, she was going to help me to train the dogs I'd be turning over to our veterans.
Five days after we got home, we took Annie for her check up with our Vet. One listen to her heartbeat and he looked at me – and I knew something was terribly wrong.