Dog helping vet with PTSD lost after scared by fireworks

By: Ken Lemon

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A veteran is worried about his dog after she was frightened by fireworks Monday.

David Dowell said his dog Milka saved him from a life of worry due to post-traumatic stress disorder.

"She is the best medication I can get,” he said.

She is now lost and so is he.

“Without her, I don't know what I'm going to do,” Dowell said.

Milka, like many dogs, was frightened by fireworks and during Monday night's display in Dallas, she ran off.

“The first big firework went off and that was it,” Dowell said.

The startled dog wiggled free of her leash and ran through the crowd of 3,000 people.

Milka came to Dallas as part of Dowell's therapy.

Dowell served four and half years with the Navy in Iraq and worked deadly tragedies after hurricanes in New Orleans and Haiti.

He had trouble dealing with loud noises and crowds until he got Milka three years ago.

"I would have nightmares. She would lick me in the face and wake me up,” he said. "She gave me the tools and the strength to take my life back."

The banging of fireworks was too much even for his small hero.

Dallas police have committed officers to look for Milka. Dowell is conducting his own search, determined to be reunited.

“Hopefully with her jumping on me and licking my face and walking me up from this nightmare,” he said.

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