TESTIMONY BY JAMES & PTSD SERVICE DOG ANDY
Team Sponsor: Puppy Sponsorship
I served in the military for 35+ years, and due to serving in several overseas postings, I have had undiagnosed PTSD for 20 years. My official diagnosis was 3 years ago.
After my personal dog passed away, I went downhill quite a bit. My wife researched online and found out about the 52-week Healthy Community Living Program, and my doctors and Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs helped coordinate a PTSD Service Dog for me.
We are initially introduced to many dogs, and then with help from the VICD team, decide which one works best. The first thing that struck me about Andy was his eyes. After having sheepdogs, and not being able to see their eyes, it was quite comforting to have a set of eyes focused on you!
Andy, along with the training that I’ve received, supports me during my triggers and my daily routine activities, as well as with my anxiety. You cannot replace this support with money or other types of worldly goods. Andy has been incredible. He has also opened many non-dog users’ eyes of what a Service Dog can do.