US Army Veteran's Therapy Dog hit by Car
Organized by: Anthony Hixson
Hoaloha (it's Hawaiian for Friend), was recently hit by a car and broke his spine as well as severing his tail. My husband is a veteran of the US Army war in Afghanistan, He suffers from PTSD and lost his left arm at the elbow When he came home I got him Hoaloha, who was trained as a Therapy Dog. He has done wonders for my husband. If you've ever witnessed debilitating Panic Attacks and traumatic nightmares, you know how important and calming a dog can be to help. That's what Hoaloha has done. My husband no longer needs anxiety medication and his nightmares are reduced greatly. To say that Hoaloha saved his life and brought him back to us is no exaggeration. 3 weeks ago, while we were over at our next door neighbor's house, some local trouble makers tried to break into the back of our house. Hoaloha was in the house and when the back door was pried open, he charged out of the house and chased the punks away. Unfortunately he chased them out of the back yard and into the front yard and into the street, where he was struck by a car driven by a 70 year old neighbor woman of ours. The poor woman couldn't do anything to stop. She saw two people run across the street in her headlights and was in the process of slowing down when Hoaloha crossed in front of her. Hoaloha was struck in the side by the bumper of her car and immediately began yelping in pain. We were right next door and heard the squeal of tires and commotion of Hoaloha's yelping. We immediately ran out there to find him curled at a disturbing angle. Our poor neighbor who hit him was beside herself, traumatized by the event. She thought she killed our dear Hoaloha. My husband was crying, slumped over him, holding his head and kissing his face. My heart was breaking. I, too, thought this was the end of Hoaloha's life. We were able to get Hoaloha to the emergency Animal Clinic and then set to work right away. When they got the x-rays of his back and tail, they let us know that he would require surgery, that there was no guarantee that he would walk properly again or even survive the surgery and that the cost would be very expensive. This did not deter me one bit. I knew we had to save the dog that saved my husband, the same as if you'd save your child. Money becomes a non-issue. I told them to go ahead with the surgery and fix Hoaloha. To date we have maxed out all of our credit cards, taken up a paper route, sold all of my husband's tools and his antique Military War Memorbilia collection, sold our non-essential furniture and have gotten rid of our cable provider - all in an effort to put together the money. We have paid a little over $7000 to make sure the surgery was done, with the promise to pay the remaining $8000 within 60 days. My husband is very against asking for charity and he is limited in what his physical and mental health disability. I was told that GoFundMe is a good place to try and raise the remaining money so I'm giving it a try. Please, if you are able to give even a little bit, please help if you can. Hoaloha has saved my husband's life, I truly believe that. Thank you so much for reading our story.