Pet Company Is Working To Make Service Dogs Available To All Veterans Looking for a Companion

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Many veterans face several challenges after returning from service, but one company is set on making life that bit easier for these people by providing them with service dogs.

This is such a heartwarming story…

Dogs are truly one of the most wonderful creatures on our planet…

And it’s not hard to see why.

And having a dog in the household is the thing that can truly complete a family.

Dogs can prove to be not only faithful companions, but they can also be extremely hard workers.

Dogs can apply for a whole range of jobs…

But of course, a dog must start training from a puppy if they are to spend their lives working.

There are, of course, police dogs who work alongside police officers to help keep communities in order.

Who work tirelessly with their incredible senses to detect drugs and other illegal substances.

A puppy can be trained to work as a service dog, which is a dog who works to serve and assist the disadvantaged or disabled – such as blind people, deaf people, or those who suffer from seizures.

Dog food company Dog Chow have launched a campaign to help bring these dogs to veterans suffering from illnesses such as PTSD, who need them.

And Dog Chow is here to change that.

The aim is to provide resources to groups who train and place service dogs with veterans, to create a future where “every military hero in need can find a canine hero of their own.”

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) has rescued more than 41,000 cats and dogs. Their Pets and Vets program “transforms rescue dogs into skilled service animals for veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, severe depression, and more,” according to ARF’s site.

And is committed to providing these service dogs to veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD free of charge.

For instance, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Leon Alexander met his service dog, Bob, 3 years ago thanks to Got Your Six Support Dogs. “My PTSD became an aspersion that was cast over my relationship with my family, which made it hard for me to talk about my military career with my children,” Alexander explained.

“Just 3 days after receiving my service dog, I met my children for dinner. During the dinner conversation, we started talking about Bob my service dog. ” “And before I even knew it, I was talking about my military carrier and my PTSD. I was in the military for over 15 years and I was never able to talk to my children, I had Bob for a little over 36 hours and within a two-hour dinner conversation, I was able to open up and have an amicable conversation with my children,” he added.

Former U.S. Army Captain, Paul Sherman Whitmer, who got his service dog (also named Paul) through the campaign says he saw positive changed in his life almost instantly. “Leaving home is no longer avoided – as a matter of fact I enjoy taking Paul with me wherever I go – his presence by my side is just a given.”

“I do not go anywhere without him. Going somewhere without him is almost unimaginable. We have not been apart since pairing – never.”

Those wanting to help the cause can purchase bags of specially marked Dog Chow during the campaign.

The campaign runs through September to  Nov. 26.

Dog Chow is also working with members of Congress in support of federal legislation that would provide training and service dogs for veterans.

The bill has been approved by the House, but still awaits passage in the Senate. Find out more about how you can help here. For more like this, scroll on to read about the service dog who comforts hospital workers who need her most…