UPDATE: Morgan Caldwell Called KOLO this morning to notify us that the dog had been found safe and his back with him.
SPARKS, Nev. Ever since he was a little boy, Morgan Caldwell knew he wanted to be a Marine.
"We were at the zoo, and I saw a Marine in dress blues and I told my mom that's what I wanted to be," he said.
In 2005 his dream came true, but it was short lived. Caldwell fell during a rappelling accident. Caldwell suffered brain damage and was unable to leave for a tour.
"The only thing I wanted to do was go do what I was trained to do," he said. "When I realized I wasn't going to be able to do that, it was kind of a shocking blow."
Before his injury, Caldwell's wife. Sara, said he was a different person. He was the one who wanted to go out into crowds and socialize.
"He was a very happy go lucky person, ambitious, totally a people person," Sara Caldwell said.
"I thought we were completely set financially," Morgan said. "We were married, everything was fine."
Until his accident. Now Morgan suffers from seizures, and has anxiety when he is in a crowded area.
To control these problems, he has the help of his two dogs. Cash, a one-year-old black Labrador, is still training. But Sugar has been with the family for years. Morgan and Sara rescued Sugar more than five years ago, before the accident. At that time, Sugar was a timid animal, frightened of people. The couple worked to socialize Sugar, but she still has some of her old traits.
"She doesn't adapt well to people, she doesn't like crowds," Morgan said. "She's kind of like me in a way. We're a pair."
Though she isn't the typical service dog, once Morgan had his accident, Sugar was able to adapt quickly to her new role as companion and guardian.
"She goes everywhere with me," Morgan said. "She does everything I do.
She acts as an alert dog when Morgan has a seizure, but she also helps calm his nerves and adjust to his new life.
"I think for him, not being able to be a provider is hard," Sara said. He's trying to find other resources to feel needed and wanted, and I think Sugar gave that to him."
But just a week ago, Sugar went missing. The two dogs got out of the house and were wandering a block away when a policeman spotted them. Cash was returned home, but Sugar was spooked and took off before anyone could grab her.
"I just hope that if someone out there has her, they would
understand that someone else needs her," Morgan said.
Sugar is a Whippet mix and is wearing a black and pink collar with "Princess" on it. She has Washoe County tags on her. If you see her, Morgan and Sara say you can call them anytime day or night at
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