FAIR OAKS (CBS13) — A Fair Oaks woman is desperate to get her service dog that helps her stop her seizures back.
Brooke Holmes had to leave her dog, Journey in Wisconsin so she could help take care of family here.
Living with seizures means a life that can bring danger at any moment.
“There’s been times where I’ve fallen down the stairs, and I’ve gotten injured having seizures,” she said.
She has an implanted device that will send electricity through her body to stop them that’s activated with a handheld magnet.
Seizures are head to predict, but Brooke found the perfect service dog a few years ago while living in Wisconsin that was able to alert her when one was about to hit.
“The very first seizure he alerted me to, I thought we was playing with me,” she said. “He started tapping me. And I go, ‘What are you doing, Journey?’”
While in the Midwest, she sent Journey to get more training and then problems hit back home—her father had a four-way bypass and she needed to come back.
But now Journey is stuck in Wisconsin with his trainer, and with limited income living on disability, Brooke can’t afford to bring him back.
“Being able to come up with $1,000 is a little difficult,” she said.
She’s started an online fundraising campaign to get Journey to Sacramento.
The trainer says she can take care of Journey for a month, but after that, Journey will have to go.
Brooke says she doesn’t know what she’ll do if she never gets to see her dog again.
“It would hurt,” she said. “He’s been there to help me through my seizures. We bonded over all that time. And he’s my little baby.”
After this story aired, her goal of $800 had already been broken with $840 donations, including $600 from an anonymous donor.