A San Jose veteran mourning the loss of his beloved service dog is getting some help Thursday from a new canine friend.
Iraq War veteran Jeff Wilson depended on Lobo -- a German Shepherd-Border Collie mix -- to help him with his post traumatic stress disorder.
Earlier this week, Lobo ran off after getting spooked by a noise when Wilson was trying to load the dog into his car. Wilson was in a wheelchair because he recently had knee surgery and couldn't run after the dog.
After a few days of searching, Lobo was found dead, apparently hit by a car on Interstate 680.
"He is so much more than just a dog. He's my lifeline to the world," Wilson told KTVU Thursday morning before learning of Lobo's death.
Mary Cortani is the founder of Operation Freedom Paws, the group that placed Lobo with Wilson. She said the loss of a service dog is especially devastating for veterans with post traumatic stress because it can cause flashbacks, grief, and a sense of guilt.
"In his mind, it's one more time he failed a mission. Which he didn't," explained Cortani.
Late Thursday, Cortani said Wilson agreed to temporarily foster and train a one-year-old yellow lab named Sellah.
"It's going to give him something to focus on, pet, stroke and feed," said Cortani.
The organization said the outpouring of support on their Facebook page for Wilson and his wife has been tremendous.
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