Dogs aren’t merely pets. And to many, they’re even more than companions.
Sometimes, our canine friends are actually lifesavers, especially when it comes to humans with disabilities and other challenging ailments.
For example, many service dogs have been used to help ex-military individuals; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is extremely difficult to deal with, after all.
When Joshua returned home from Afghanistan, he knew he was depressed.
“Just going from a war zone to a civilian life and coming back, you feel totally isolated. You feel totally alone. You feel cut off from everything.”
The only joy in his life came from his two dogs, Mamma and Panda, who stuck by his side through all the dark times.
But when the PTSD got really bad, Joshua decided to move from Louisiana to California and unfortunately, he had to leave his two beloved pets behind.
Two months went by but he just couldn’t get used to not having dogs:
“Every day I wake up without them snuggled up underneath my blankets is a strange day, every day I don’t have to walk a dog is a wrong day,” he said.
Even worse, the PTSD didn’t disappear. And he started to wonder if he needed Mamma and Panda back…
But what to do? He had no idea where they might be after giving them up for adoption.
That’s when a kindhearted woman named Mariah stumbled across this story. She knew where Joshua’s dogs were and furthermore, she was going to make sure he saw them again.
She’d noticed Mamma and Panda had lost their appetites after losing their owner, so Mariah knew she had to reunite the pups with Joshua.
And then came the very special day.
The reunion is exactly what you need to make you smile because this really is heartwarming to the millionth degree.
“I’m just ecstatic they’re back. I feel complete,” said Joshua. “I feel like a person again.”
This is the power of a loving, caring animal, my friends. Right here. 🙂
What an amazing story!