Recently I was watching the Channel 4 News and an article came on that got my notice 'Veterans with dogs'. The first thing that caught my attention was that it was about dogs and then the second thing was that it was based in the county I live, Devon. The news article was about a charity called 'Veterans With Dogs' which is based at Newton Abbott.
It interested me, so I searched on the computer, to learn more about this charity and the work it does. The charity website can be found at this web address www.veteranswithdogs.org.uk and this is a bit about the charity in their own words, taken from their home page,
"Veterans With Dogs came about after witnessing ourselves the massive impact that dogs had during treatment for PTSD - and subsequent recovery. This led to extensive research into the amelioration of symptoms and the benefits of working with dogs for trauma related conditions.
It is commonly understood, and accepted, that dogs are wonderful companions who can also provide many psychological and physiological benefits to owners. Dogs engender caring and responsibilities, improve feelings of safety, and help create social bridges in our communities. Those Veterans who may normally live in isolation say they never feel alone when they are with their dog. In addition, all of these benefits come by default.
We have seen the self-worth that Veterans develop when experiencing the positive aspects of dog ownership and the companionship it brings.
There is much evidence that confirms the therapeutic value of not only dogs, but also animal contact in general. It is through this medium that we operate as a valid adjunct to therapies, treatments and support services offering conventional medical treatment. Treatment is not what we are about; this must be addressed by other means. We are another layer that compliments other organisations."
One of the pages that I found interesting to read on this website was Helping Heal Invisible Wounds and gives six reasons why dogs help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD). It is the sixth reason that really gets me every time I read it,
"6. Dogs help to remember feelings of love. The world can look pretty convoluted after war. I spoke to a Veteran recently who bought a puppy. He didn't want the puppy sleeping on his bed so he bought his puppy an expensive puppy bed. He was thrilled to introduce the bed to his new puppy and was outraged when the puppy ate it. He yelled at the puppy and disciplined him. He then told me that he sat down feeling miserable about yelling at the puppy and his puppy eating the bed. His puppy came up beside him and licked his face. He turned and looked at the puppy and said, "What are you licking me for? I am mad at you!" The puppy wagged his tail and licked him again. And he felt love."
If we are honest, we have all been there. That moment of anger with our faithful friend. Then feeling bad about ourselves, to then feel the warmth of them against you, all forgiving, all loving.
This is a charity and if you would like to help it, you can go to their website www.veteranswithdogs.org.uk to find out more about volunteer work with them and if you would like to make a donation go to their webpage http://www.veteranswithdogs.org.uk/donating
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.