Woman gives German shepherd to veteran in need of service dog

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
An Austin veteran and his family drove Saturday to Mexia to accept a German shepherd puppy that will be trained as a service dog for the man, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The exchange began when Phillip Garcia’s 11-year-old daughter, Chastity, saw an ad on Craigslist for a purebred German shepherd puppy. Connie Davis of Groesbeck had placed the ad, and Chastity texted her to ask if the puppy’s owner would consider donating the animal to her father for the emotional support.
Davis described how she replied to the text request: “I had to sleep on it, pray to Jesus about it,” she said, “and I texted back, ‘Well, I might consider it.’”
When Phillip Garcia realized what his daughter had done, he called Davis, to apologize. In the conversation, however, he confirmed he did have PTSD and did need a support dog, and said he would appreciate her donating the dog. However, he said, he would understand if she did not.
Davis offered to give him the puppy after all if he would agree to being vetted by her local VFW post commander.

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