Nathan passed away six months after adopting Jack. At the funeral, his family gathered around Abell and thanked her for giving Nathan back to them before his death. They knew he'd passed in peace, they said, because Jack didn't wake anyone. "The family finding comfort ... is enough to keep me going," said Abell.
Currently, five of Abell's dogs are in the six-month training process to become service dogs for veterans. While trained service dogs usually fetch upwards of $10,000, she said, Dog's Nation provides them free of charge. All veterans qualify - as long as they can collect their service dog in Missouri.