Former Soldier’s Life Was Dramatically Altered By PTSD, But Now He Has A Special Dog To Help HimAshley Maisano
When rescuers from Great Plains SPCA first saw Bosco, he was limping and underweight. When he was brought into the shelter, he had a broken front paw and lacerations on his body. They assumed that he had gotten hit by a car, but it was very possible that he was abused.
Once healed, the half boxer, half Rhodesian ridgeback was eventually adopted by a rescue group that turns homeless dogs into service dogs for veterans.
Enter Corey Nixon, a former Army infantryman. Nixon served two tours in Iraq, which wound up really affecting his life. When he returned from deployment, he noticed many negative changes in himself. He was very angry all the time, he had sleepless nights, and felt as if his whole life was crashing down on him.
Then the idea of a service dog crossed his mind and he decided to do some research. He came across ‘Warriors’ Best Friend Foundation.’ He contacted them and set up a meeting. It was then that he first saw Bosco.
Bosco went right up to him and loved him immediately. And Nixon loved him back just as much, if not more. They bonded so quickly and Warriors’ Best Friend knew these two belonged together.
Soon after, Bosco and Nixon were paired together permanently. Having Bosco around really helped Nixon’s PTSD. He can sense when Nixon is getting angry and he helps calm him down.
“I think that having them come from shelters is the only way that you should go,” Bella Jeffers of the Warriors’ Best Friend Foundation told The Dodo. “You’re taking two broken pieces and trying to make it into a whole.”
And Bosco and Nixon definitely came together and made each other whole again! They were definitely meant to be together and are two peas in a pod.