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Daily News Feature on USA Sledge Hockey Member Christy Gardner

April 30, 2014

 

How a golden retriever helped a disabled veteran and member of US women’s Sledge Hockey Team, Christy Garder, live again.

LEWISTON, Me. — When Christina Lynn Gardner was a scholarship athlete at C.W. Post not long ago, a goalie in both field hockey and lacrosse, she was strong and self-reliant and never could’ve fathomed having, or needing, a friend like Moxie.

Then everything changed. She joined the Army. Got deployed. Got badly hurt. Now she looks across the living room of her modest taupe-colored colonial, looks at Moxie asleep on the floor, and wonders:

Where could I ever find a more loyal companion? How do I begin to say thank you for saving my life (probably more than once)? How do I express my gratitude for what happened at the Quinnipiac ice rink a few years ago?

That was where Moxie sensed that Christy was about to have a grand mal seizure — and did what she was trained to do . . . putting Christy’s wrist in her jaws and gently, but insistently, tugging her to the ground, then putting her paws on her to make sure Christy stayed down until the spell passed.

Read the full article here: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/zone-new-leash-live-disabled-vet-article-1.1373798#ixzz30R6Nqt4J