Meet FACE Success Story Jax

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We’re privileged to introduce you to a very special FACE Success Story.

Jax and his dad Luis headed out for a day of fun and were driving north on California’s Interstate 5 when a drunk driver, who was driving the wrong way, collided head-on with them. Both Luis and Jax were ejected from their car, while the drunk driver was fatally injured at the scene.

Jax was in shock, pacing the highway trying to help his dad who was badly injured. Once help arrived, Luis was taken immediately to Scripps Memorial Hospital and Jax was taken to our good friends at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Sorrento Valley. Luis sustained severe injuries, including multiple fractures, head bleeding, collapsed lungs, and a broken spine with the possibility of paralysis. Jax sustained internal bleeding, lacerations, trauma, and a spleen injury requiring surgery. To watch the NBC News story on the accident, click here.

Jax and his veterinary team

Luis, a combat veteran, suffers from PTSD after serving multiple tours in Afghanistan. Jax is his registered therapy dog and a main source of emotional support. “They are best friends that do everything together,” says Luis’s sister, who flew all the way from New York with her mother to be here for Luis and Jax. “Their love is beyond words. Jax has made his life a lot easier and less stressful. If anything happened to Jax, he would be devastated.”  When Luis regained consciousness, his first words were his 3-year-old daughter’s name and “Jax is irreplaceable.”

Jax with his dad and sister

With the support of community donors, FACE was able to assist Jax with receiving emergency care at VSH. VSH did not hesitate in helping Jax and worked with FACE to significantly discount his critical veterinary treatments.

Luis has already undergone multiple surgeries and is progressing each day, but has a long road of recovery ahead of him. It could be 6 months before he can walk again. Jax has been able to visit Luis in the hospital during his recovery.

Jax and his sister

FACE wants to thank everyone for ensuring that Luis has his best friend by his side during this time when the two need each other the most. “Thank you for everything you did for Jax and my brother, says Luis’s sister.  “Words cannot describe how thankful we are. From the bottom of our hearts, our family thanks you.”

Jax with a few of his FACE friends

 

A Salute to Veterans…and their Pets!

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San Diego is a military town and home to a large number of active duty military members as well as veterans. Did you know that the FACE Foundation has helped dozens of soldiers and veterans save their beloved pets by providing them with financial assistance for life-saving veterinary care?

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With Veterans Day coming soon, we thought we’d take a moment to thank all veterans for their service, and to share just a few adorable pictures of some FACE Success Stories…military edition! These sweet pets are the fur kids of San Diego area veterans or active duty military. Enjoy!

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Best Books About Military Dogs

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Image from Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca, by Maria Goodavage (Dutton/Penguin)

As we salute our military heroes this Veterans Day, FACE would like to recognize the amazing contributions military dogs have made over the years.  Here are just a few interesting and inspiring reads about military service dogs, in honor of Veterans Day:

The Dog Who Could Fly:  The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side

Sergeant Rex:  The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog

Top Dog:  The Story of Marine Hero Lucca

The Dogs of War:  The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs

Always Faithful:  A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII

A Soldier’s Best Friend:  Scout Dogs and Their Handlers in the Vietnam War

Thank you to our veterans, both human and canine!

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