Morton served two tours in Iraq and suffers from PTSD. His dog Quincy helps him cope with the disorder.
“He sleeps in the bed with me and he’ll wake me up when I’m having a nightmare. He’s just my buddy,” said Morton.
Morton was moving to Michigan to be closer to family when Quincy ran away. Morton had to leave without his best friend.
“It was one of the worst feelings I’ve ever had,” said Morton. “I honestly didn’t think I would be able to see him again.”
Luckily, an animal control officer found Quincy and brought him to a rescue where it was quickly realized Quincy was chipped. They rescue was able to get in contact with Morton and share the good news.
Morton was ecstatic to learn Quincy was safe and had been found. All that needed to be figured out was how to get Quincy from Iowa to Morton in Michigan.
Then a group of strangers stepped up to solve that problem. The Iowa Patriot Guard Riders volunteered to take Quincy 600 miles to be reunited with Morton.
“This was something that we said, let’s do this, we just need to do it,” said Patriot Guard Rider Jim Clark. “This stuff actually touches your heart. We’re just happy and honored to be able to take Quincy back home.”
Today, Tuesday November 12th, Quincy and Morton will finally be reunited. Morton is excited to see his beloved service dog again. The first thing he plans to do is take Quincy for a long walk.