'They have no judgment. They see you. They are open to you. They love you.'
“Coco” was last seen when she left her owner’s residence at Cone Road, just across the street from Merritt Island Presbyterian Church.
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – The family of a Brevard County U.S. Army combat veteran is asking Merritt Island neighbors to help them find “Coco,” their recently-adopted Australian Shepard.
Coco was last seen when she left her owner’s residence at Cone Road, just across the street from Merritt Island Presbyterian Church.
Coco’s owner is Sergeant First Class Barry Briggs, who served in Afghanistan in the early 2000s and worked as a local recruiter in Rockledge.
Briggs recently qualified for a therapy dog and as a first-time dog owner, he was in the process of building a special bond with his special companion.
“Transitioning from Active Duty military service to civilian life was indeed a life-changer,” Briggs said.
“For almost 15 years, you have a routine. Be here and do this at said time, etc. Service members cannot wait for that retirement date. Once you that date commences, it’s a revelation. I experienced service dogs while seeking treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center. They have no judgment. They see you. They are open to you. They love you.
“Regardless of race, age, religion, they are there for you. I could’ve never expected this kind of love from Coco. She gave me, and still does give me, that sense of comfort. My wife and boys are my WHY in life. I do everything for them. Coco is now a member of my family. She is now apart of my, our, WHY.”
If you see Coco, please call the Briggs family at 321-480-4575.
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