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Military Family Grieves Missing Dog
A family in Mount Auburn is asking for your help in finding the dog that brought peace and life to their household. The Siberian Husky, named Steel, helped the father of the household--a returning soldier from Iraq dealing with PTSD. Steel went missing in March.
The family with five kids is missing the sound of their dad's best friend.
"I needed some closure for things, knowing there are good things in life," father Brian Kriener said.
Brian is talking about, Steel, who helped him with the therapy process while dealing with PTSD after returning from two tours in Iraq.
"When I'm angry, he reacts to my anger," Brian said. "I just had this connection with him and love him."
"If something dropped, like a loud, unexpected noise, it would trigger something in Brian," Melissa Kriener said. "He would be rigid like he was looking for another explosion."
When the family was gone, the husky dug a hole under the wire fence during an ice storm and got out. The Krieners posted flyers in storefront windows asking the community for help.
While the family still has the other dogs, the bond that helped Brian is not there.
"I trust him more than I trust anybody," Brian said.
Because war is hard to understand.
"He lost a lot of friends and a lot of friends came back injured," Melissa said. "He does feel guilty that it wasn't him."
"I just want people to know that this has nothing to do with my service to my country," Brian said. "It's all about love and loyalty."
If you have any information about Steel, call the family at 217-761-7608.