Hello fine humans and canine companions!
It’s that time of year again for the MMBR to start focusing on our July rally that has assisted Braach Shepherds 4 Veterans for 4 years now!! - placing much-needed service dogs into the lives of our nation’s heroes, the veterans who continue to stand proud in spite of the debilitating effects of what they made an oath to do.
These veterans that qualify and receive a Braach Shepherd service dog are extra special to us.
We get to pay them back for what we couldn’t do, for things we cannot imagine, to be considered the civilians and the U.S. citizens they continue to fight for.
The year 2020 was hard on everyone. Especially hard for one special canine, Lucca. As many of you know, Lucca, a Braach Shepherd service dog was taken from his Navy veteran, Tony, shot 3 times, once in the chest and twice in the head, and left to die. But he didn’t die - he didn’t give in - he got up and started limping home. A wonderful human spotted him, eight miles from where he was taken. Animal control was called and it was discovered he had been shot and soon after, realized he was the Braach service dog who’s owner had been desperate to find. Lucca has undergone three surgeries, all paid in full by the community of Missoula and surrounding areas that learned of his situation and donated. One of those bullets will forever be a part of him, embedded in his skull, but he thrives today with his foster Navy veteran family who works together in his recovery and his continued training to be the best he can be.
The person responsible will most likely never be prosecuted for this due to the complete lack of evidence and in November 2020, the unfortunate passing of Tony, his wonderful Navy veteran whom he was specially trained to service. The MMBR will continue to sponsor Lucca and his veteran family for as long as he lives. Lucca knows who did this - let us pray they cross paths one day because I guarantee he will let us know. R.I.P. Tony