October 21st is National Pets for Veteran’s Day. This all began with a dog named Bear. He and his owner would visit veterans. Bear would lay on the bed comforting veteran’s or give paws up for encouragement. Many veterans wanted to take Bear home but unfortunately he already had a loving home. However, this got his owner to thinking, why couldn’t a dog or cat be adopted to a veteran and support them 24/7.
Here is an alarming statistic 1 in 5 veterans suffer from some form of PTSD. However, dog, and even cat ownership comes with many health benefits. It can encourage and promote daily routines. Dogs in particular help get veterans get outside which gives them exercise and sun exposure. This will help lift moods. Companionship helps ease loneliness, stress, and anxiety. Furthermore, dogs and cats both help reduce blood pressure.
Pets for Vets was founded in 2009 by Animal Trainer Clarissa Black. This combined her two passions for animals and veterans. They use only shelter dogs and cats for their programs, giving both the pet and the veterans a second chance. She has created a unique program which pairs dogs/cats and veterans for life. It is called Super Bond®.
My husband is a Desert Storm veteran. I strongly believe he is more grounded by having dogs in our lives. It seems if he gets just a bit stressed either Lambeau or Zelda Sayre are right there cozying up to him so he will pet them thus this reduces his blood pressure and stress levels. It is truly amazing what are dogs can do for veterans.
Have a Barktastic week. Remember to give your furry family members lots of attention you are their entire world. ~Charley