Thoughts on Memorial Day & service dogs

It’s Memorial Day weekend – Monday is a day to remember those who have died in active military service. As we remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, I can’t help but think of the vets who live with the horrors they have seen. That makes it practically impossible to transition to “regular” life again.  Pets – especially dogs – can change lives for anyone with PTSD.  I’m
amazed with what animals can do for others!

Here’s an excerpt of a story from companionsforheroes.org:

I was startled awake, only to find the lights already on. My service dog—my partner, my lifeline, my friend—nudged my arm and handed me a cold bottle of water. I hugged the cool container to my chest, rocking slightly, as she jumped into bed with me and laid across my legs. Abandoning the water, I wrapped my arms around her as her soothing weight began to settle my nerves. She gently licked my cheeks and I whispered into her fur, “Thanks for being there.” The nightmare was long gone so we settled back down to sleep. Read more

Service dogs help reduce serious mental breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, medical/psychiatric costs, and the risk of violence, alcoholism, drug use and depression.  (companionsforheroes.org)

  • With the help of a service dog veterans:
    Report feeling safe, protected and loved
    unconditionally.
  • Often return to work or go to college.
  • Are more able to care for their families.

There are many ways to help these programs – below is just a short list of
groups who work with veterans and service dogs – note that these are just from
my research, I do not receive any compensation for sharing these.

So, on this Memorial Day, remember those who have given their lives for their country. Thank a vet who struggles everyday. And remember just how amazing animals are in all of our lives!