3 PTSD Assistance Dog Teams graduate!
We had a FANTASTIC weekend graduating 3 more PTSD Assistance Dog teams!
On Friday Shaun and Cassie were put through their paces to test if they, after all their months of hard work, were ready to become a PTSD Assistance Dog Team.. they were!! And what a fantastic team they make; Shaun, Army veteran, and Cassie, rescue dog, have graduated to become our 5th PTSD Assistance Dog Partnership.
But that was not all, on Saturday evening, we had our Graduates Dinner to celebrate our latest 3 PTSD Assistance Dog Teams. Surrounded by other veterans and their dogs, friends, family, floppy ears, sponsors, funders and fosters we had one GREAT night!
We celebrated the graduation of …
- Steve and Benny
- Terry and Bella
- Shaun and Cassie
All 3 make amazing teams and for all 6 life has very much changed. The change in people these dogs make is incredible. You all, 4 footers included, have come so incredibly far, just the simple fact you attended a party speak volumes!
For the dogs also being with their veterans is a true life change and these 3 rescue dogs are truly happy much loved dogs who enjoy doing their Assistance Dog jobs for their best friends.
There was so much “love” in the room, positively buzzing with a sense of achievement and above all pride for the veterans but also we (Garry & Judith) feel proud of our amazing team!
Trainers, fosters, our veteran mentor Mark, our other volunteers, rebellious fundraisers Rhi and Helgard, Nutriment, Dog Trust, Pet Plan Charitable Trust – you all truly are making the difference in people’s lives and thank you for attending.
Finally, a thank you to our veterans for putting your trust in us to start with… you are special people who never gave up, continued to push yourselves, who committed to new and long, a times tough, journey by joining the programme to not only help yourself but help a dog in need.
All of you are removing stigma and, as on Saturday, now open enough to sometimes give people an insight of what life is/has been like if your suffer daily with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is these windows into another world that increases people’s understanding of PTSD and the important role Assistance Dogs can play.