Aaron & Hearing Dog Tucker

It is hard for me to put into words how much my new Battle Buddy means to me. I'm sure if you ask any service member who has been in combat to define how they feel about their Battle Buddy who has been there to cover their "six" and keep them alive, in some cases save them, they would be hard-pressed to express in words their gratitude and appreciation for them. When people ask me about Tucker, what it's like to have him, I always reply he is a force multiplier, one of which I would never have imagined. He picks me up when I'm feeling down, and is just what the doctor ordered when I'm feeling ill. Eventually I'll need to have my left hip replaced as the shrapnel that sits on it causes me pain when the weather gets cold and damp. It's on those days Tucker will come up to me, rest his head on my lap and look at me waiting to say "Okay, jump." And he jumps on me and lays right on top of my left thigh and my hip, causing the burning, aching pain to subside, and allowing me actually to rest and fall asleep. There is so much more I can write, but I would say it's great to have a friend who loves me unconditionally and is always there for me watching -- watching out for him and for me.

(April, 2013)