Rescued Dog Enlisted for a Rescue of His Own

Shane Jackson and his German Shepherd, Jersey, relaxing on the back porch of his Flint, Michigan, home.

In May 2014, Jersey the German Shepherd was rescued along with 28 other dogs from a veterinary hospital in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, but he has now taken on an important role in the life of a Michigan man. After being trained by Ohio-based Dogs 4 Warriors, Jersey became a service dog, helping an Iraq war veteran through anxiety attacks, nightmares, and feelings of road rage:

“I get out a lot more than I used to,” said [Shane] Jackson, 46. “I used to sit at home, because I didn’t want to deal with people. … I’m with him all day every day and all night every night. … I probably would be devastated if something happens to him.”

It’s yet another example of a dog’s endless capacity for love and loyalty.

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