18 month old Kai was more than a pet to Alexandra Melnick. He was also a trained service dog who helped her cope with the PTSD and a traumatic brain injury she sustained while in Afghanistan. The 25-year-old former Marine from Vista, CA has been searching endlessly for her missing German shepherd since he disappeared from her backyard the day after Thanksgiving.
When left the service in 2013, she brought Kai home and trained him as a service animal, he would wake her from nightmares, ease her insomnia and serve as a boundary protector because she’s sensitive if strangers come to close.
“He likes to be there for me and know what the next command is, he knows my routines, is very calm and rolls with whatever comes next. Basically I’m just praying for a miracle that whoever has him can be a good person and just return him or bring him to a shelter and turn him in. I’m just hoping that miracle is going to happen.”
It is unclear whether Kai was stolen or got out. Melnick says the last time she saw Kai was November 28, 2014, where he was in a fully fenced yard, but the gate had been unlocked.
Melnick has placed hundreds of fliers on countless street corners for her missing friend. This is where she met Gabriella Turner, who is now the head of the “Bring Kai Home” effort, and spends most of her days and nights searching for him. Turner knew of the great love that Melnick and her dog have for each other just by watching the videos of him. This is why she hasn’t stopped helping Melnick with the search.
Melnick has started a Facebook page titled Bring Kai Home in an effort to attrack help from Social Media. You can also contribute to the search by visiting the Bring Home Kai GoFundMe page. There is currently a $5000 reward being offered for the safe return of her beloved service dog. If you have any information on the Kai, please call the number listed on the flier.