Today was one of those milestone kind of days with Jason, as he acquired a service dog. She is a German Shepard and 2 years old. Fully trained and used to various commands. The situation was that she was working with another wounded warrior and that guy decided that the dog was not helping him with what he wanted to do. The guy was not in a wheelchair and was able to get around just fine, and the dog was simply a companion dog so with Jason being in a wheelchair it presents a small challenge for the dog to learn how to be around a wheelchair. So far it looks pretty good and I think in a matter of a few days she will have a routine down that compliments Jason's movements.

Now it sounds like I am talking about current situation, and that's because I am. The dog came into the picture today, and will be traveling with us on Sunday to Livermore. I was a bit concerned about introducing another aspect into all of what has been going on, but apparently it isn't as big an issue as I thought. The dog comes with certifications and documents, and will be allowed on the plane with Jason and I. (I am intentionally not putting in the dog's name, as I don't want people to just come up to it and call its name - at least not yet). Jason seems very happy to have the dog, and the dog's personality seems to be very well suited for this kind of work.

Jason and I had lunch today with the girls, and we had a great time. I was allowed to go over and get Jackie from her room and brought her into Stacy's so that all four of us could sit together. At first Jackie didn't quite understand what was going on, but then figured it out and since she was now sitting on my lap decided to eat from my lunch plate. It was actually kind of cute how she was able to dig right in, and really didn't make too much of a mess.

Later this evening we did have to say good bye to the girls, as their stay with us was over. We will get to see them tomorrow since Stacy has a soccer game and Jason wants to see it. I'll have to do our packing tomorrow, after the game, but it shouldn't be too difficult. As for the logistics of the travel and support Jason will be needing, I think it is all in place, and we're going to have a great time. There are so many people helping us get to Livermore it is amazing. I am truly humbled by all the focus and help being sent our way. I just hope we live up to all expectations. Thank you, for all your continued support and for all the prayers. Take care and stay positive.


  1. Service dogs are really smart so I'm sure she'll fit in quickly. Hope all goes well tomorrow as you head to Livermore!!!!!!!!!!
    The passage today is a little different. Life itself is a battle and the way the Lord gets His children through battles doesn't change. He was with the Israelites as they headed into the Promised Land, and He's with you, helping you and giving you strength to face whatever lies ahead. Always here praying!
    Deuteronomy 20:1-4: When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
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