A Dog's Life, A Woman's Story

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"In September of 2022 , I died by suicide.

I was revived and I had no idea how to fix the brokenness that had become my life. The only bright spot at that moment in time was my husband to whom I had only been married for a year. He found me that day and got me to the hospital in time (thank God).

I was in search of a service dog through a Veteran program which unfortunately did not work out. So in January 2023, my husband and I discovered Nickel City Canine Rescue at an event. I met a small dog and thought “I think this might be him“. But there was still one more pup I wanted to meet. Her name was "Chickie" and she was 4 months old.

She was adorable with her GIANT EARS. I sat down and she came right over and sat in my lap. That was it. I re-named her Sierra Juliet (military alphabet) and set out on the task of training her.

Oh boy has it been a year - there have been some frustrating moments - but she has brought me so much joy and love, I cannot imagine my life without her. She is my heart, she makes me laugh and she works very hard for me, keeping me safe. She has helped me realize that even when I don't have any friends, I have her and she has me.

We were both basically both thrown out on the street to fend for ourselves and we are a great team. She is a such a hard worker and I am so very proud of her.

We’ve recently joined the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Western NY Chapter Paws for Prevention Walk Committee. I want to show that recovery and rebuilding is possible. And I want to help those who have lost someone to suicide to maybe understand what their loved one was going through that day.

I have found a new purpose because of my Sierra."

K.P. & Sierra

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