Talk­ing about Tru love

South Shore Breaker - - Homes - TRACY JESSIMAN RE­CY­CLED LOVE re­cy­[email protected]

My hus­band and I have sea­son tick­ets to the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads and last month we went to our first game to­gether. The seats are in a great sec­tion with a per­fect view of the game. We had a won­der­ful time and I can­not wait to go again.

Be­fore the first pe­riod started, I jumped up and told my hus­band I would be right back. As I climbed around him, he said, “Tracy! There aren’t any dogs here! Where are you go­ing?”

Be­hind my hus­band’s seat, I had my eye on a man car­ry­ing a very large dog bed. He also had a dog wear­ing a PTSD (post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der) vest. I stood to the side of the con­course to watch him set­tle him­self and his dog into their re­spec­tive seats. I anx­iously waited for him to no­tice me, as I did not want to dis­turb him or his ser­vice dog. We fi­nally made eye con­tact and I in­tro­duced my­self. He was very gra­cious and kind.

I must ad­mit, when I saw this gen­tle­man at the hockey game, I did not know his name, his past or why he had a ser­vice dog. To my de­light, we ended up speak­ing for a few min­utes and we de­cided to meet for cof­fee the fol­low­ing Satur­day.

His name is Sonny Wicks and you may rec­og­nize his name from his box­ing days in Nova Sco­tia. His ser­vice dog, Tru (short for Trooper), is a four-and-a-hal­fyear-old pure­bred fe­male mas­tiff who was trained in Al­berta to be­come a PTSD ser­vice dog. She weighs 140 pounds and she has been Wicks’ ser­vice dog for three years.

I could sense the devo­tion be­tween Wicks and Tru, not only at the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads hockey game, but es­pe­cially dur­ing our cof­fee. Tru kept her eyes on

Wicks and Wicks kept check­ing in with her. I could sense their bond was ex­tremely deep and I was


Sonny Wicks and his PTSD ser­vice dog, Tru (Trooper), have a strong bond.

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