Island man raises money for service dog

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Kevin Ramsey and Mel the service dog with some of the many bottles and cans that have been donated to Mel’s estate plan. Refundable bottles and cans are collected to cover the costs of training a new service dog to replace the aging Mel when the time comes.

LITTLE CURRENT – Kevin Ramsey and his service dog Mel are an inseparable couple. Customers of the LCBO store in Little Current, where Ramsey worked as a manager, are likely familiar with Mel, whose friendly and low-key presence added a warm touch to the rows of bottles and cans. But Mel is getting older and Mr. Ramsey had to deal with the possible loss of his constant mate over the next two years.

The assistance dog training center he’s considering has a two-year waiting list and a $ 3,500 price tag to insure Mel’s successor. Mel was originally a pound dog, his mother was a black lab, and his father was unknown (Mel’s spotted coat alludes to the Dalmatian, but there is no other evidence to establish his paternity).

“I was fortunate to have a neighbor who trained service dogs,” said Ramsey.

Mel, while still healthy and healthy, is nearing his intended lifespan, with perhaps as little as two years left in his hourglass.

But, with a resurgent weakening making it difficult to return to work, the economic blow of preparing Mel’s successor is difficult. Mel’s homework is essential to her master’s ability to cope with her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is defined as a psychiatric disorder and can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war / fight or rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury. Mr. Ramsey’s problems stem originally from what he describes as a “terrible childhood.” The debilitating effects continued into adulthood, bringing with them enormous debilitating effects and employment challenges.

“I’ve used up all of my sick days and vacation,” Ramsey said, “and now I’m looking at long-term disability. Like most people these days, I live paycheck to paycheck, so my income is going to drop to 55% of what it was.

This is where the bottles and cans reappear.

Mr. Ramsey examined the LCBO shelves and realized that there was potential in the voids. He quickly formulated a plan. With an ad published in The Expositor, a few posters taped to the usual places, an appeal was made for empty bottles and cans to be dropped off near his apartment at 10 Cherry Lane in Little Current. The response since then has been overwhelming.

“I couldn’t believe how much people supported me,” he said, as he loaded several large bags of cans into the back of a truck. “A guy just came by and dropped them off.”

Mr Ramsey said he could take any type of bottles or cans with a returnable deposit, and given the way things stack up, Mel’s estate may soon be secured.

“I’m really grateful for the support and understanding people have shown for me and Mel,” he said.

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