Bear has been my faithful service dog and has been helping me for years. Three years ago he and I both sustained injuries due to Domestic Violence. He had a limp on his back left leg on and off ever since. I had to wait until I was done with my pregnancy for surgery and am now permanantly disabled, have nerve damage & still in chronic pain. Bear has been waiting patiently throughout my daughter's hospitaliztion & surgeries as well. My family now has a restraining order for the next 50 years which includes Bear. The vet said he has a torn ligament in his back left knee that will need surgery at a different vets office that is board certified because of his size & athletic ability & because he also helps me with bracing. We have all gone through so much I have had to file bankruptcy. I talked with one agancy that said they could help with $200. So far I have spent over $500 for this, but the surgery he needs is $4,000. There just aren't many resources out there in this economy. I NEED my dog! He is the best & he deserves this.