As you might imagine, my job as Chief Canine Officer of the company requires me to be quite internet savvy. The other day I was surfing the net and came across a site called Soldiers Best Friend The organization provides military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with a trained Service or Therapeutic Dog.
How great an idea is that! And it gets even better! Most of the dogs chosen to be trained for the program are rescued from local shelters. I love these people.
It's about time humans realize how much we dogs help them. For years, dogs have been trained to help humans with special needs.
Children with brain injuries, ADD/AHD and children with all kinds of physical and mental challenges relate much more quickly to dogs than to humans.
Seeing Eye Dogs allow blind people to get out into society by being their owner's eyes. Other specially trained dogs know when a person is going to have a seizure or is going to have a diabetic reaction, even before their humans knows and they alert the person so that they can take appropriate actions.
Therapy dogs visit nursing homes, making the lives of the residents more enjoyable. Often the elderly in homes miss the companionship of pets that they have had and a visit from a therapy dog is much appreciated. Hospitals have welcomed therapy dogs for some time and many are now allowing patient's own pet to visit. We've known all along that dog kisses are the best medicine and it seems that doctors are starting to figure it out.
Just because the ordinary family dog doesn't have specialized training doesn't mean we aren't the best friends a family could have. We provide love, comfort and protection No squirrel can get in my family's yard without me sounding the alarm and my sister DixieLee is a world class cuddler. Who could ask for more?
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