Dogs Making a Difference: Andy & Lady

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Dear 4 Paws,

My name is Andy and I am a disabled Veteran. I have multiple physical disabilities and PTSD due to injuries obtained overseas. I was blessed to receive a beautiful service dog named Lady from your establishment in November of 2015. When I got her, I never imagined the kind of bond we would build. She has become my constant companion and my best friend. She goes everywhere I go and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Lady is doing so well. She is a happy dog in her down time but when it’s time for work, she suits up and she’s ready to go. We make a great team. She has helped me in so many ways. She gives me relief from my anxiety of leaving the house and being in crowds or even just going to the grocery store. She helps alert me to oncoming seizures and has significantly reduced the amount of seizures I have. She comforts me and stays by my side or even on top me of when I am having a PTSD episode. She is able to get my mind to transition back to reality and bring me back to a place where I am able to function. She not only helps me but she helps others as well. Some people tell me they feel comfort by just seeing her out with me. I take her with me to the VA for my doctor’s appointments she is able to bring comfort to a lot of other Veterans who get to see her and visit with her. They light up when they see her. She opens doors to conversations I wouldn’t normally initiate myself which helps with my social anxiety. There are countless ways that she helps me navigate through my day. She has brought love and joy back into my life and I could not be more thankful. Thank you for providing me with the absolute best fit for my needs. Thank you for doing what you do and brining me the best gift anyone could ask for.

Sincerely,

Andy