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Calgary veterans fundraising to cowl service canine’s medical payments

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After 20 years of service in Canada’s Armed Forces, Brad Locke says he has bodily and psychological accidents, together with Submit Traumatic Stress Dysfunction.

“Your thoughts simply routinely appears to be like for the hazard,” Locke stated from his house close to Pierceland, Sask., on Sunday.

“Something to do with the considered shedding management. Crowds, particularly lineups,” added Locke, describing his triggers.

His saving grace has been his service canine, Odin.

“I picked him up when he was 9 weeks outdated, and we’ve been inseparable ever since,” stated Locke.

“Once we’re in public, in crowds and I begin getting triggered, he will get my consideration on him by rubbing my leg.

“I take remedy each hour and I’ve an alarm on my cellphone that goes off. I’ve very dangerous short-term reminiscence, so if the alarm goes off and I don’t take my meds, he jogs my memory by tapping my leg on the pocket the place I preserve my meds.”

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The veteran’s life wouldn’t be the identical with out Odin however the canine is sick.

Odin has extreme allergy symptoms, based on Locke, and an antibiotic-resistant bacterial ear an infection.

Locke is medically retired, his navy pension isn’t sufficient to cowl the payments, and there aren’t any ongoing federal helps.

“We’re most likely $45,000 to $50,000 into him now,” Locke stated.

“It’s been line of credit and bank cards to maintain this going, and we just about maxed that out.”

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Odin has been receiving care on the College of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

He has one other spherical of therapies arising quickly and that’s why the Veteran Association Thrift Shop in Calgary has stepped as much as assist, working a Vets for Pets fundraiser over the February lengthy weekend.

Half of the proceeds will go to Odin, and the opposite half will go to Saving Grace Animal Society.

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“We had been actually stressing the place we had been going to get this cash,” Locke stated.

“It’s humbling. I’m speechless. I can’t put it to phrases. I’m going to cry. It has been an emotional roller-coaster.”


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