Having a Service Dog

Service Dogs

Written for the Crockett Foundation, by Diane Baren – October 2016 I spoke with a Veteran recently whose Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms include dreaming of people who have committed suicide – who he doesn’t even know. For humans who have PTSD that affects them in nightmares a Service Dog can be ready to work even while sleeping. The …

Service Dog Etiquette for Us Average Dog Lovers

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Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren, October 2016 Recently I had a meeting with an art instructor who lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) herself and has a certified Service Dog. Wilson, the dog, is trained to park himself on a purple yoga mat beside Margaret when he’s on duty. Margaret’s able to carry on a conversation, …

Military Working Dogs: No retirement plan for these heroes.

Service Dogs No Retirement Plan

Written by Diane Baren for the Crockett Foundation – October 2016 Always Faithful is an outstanding full length documentary about US Marine Corp dog teams serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s remarkable to see the ties these active duty Marines have with their military dogs. There’s a story about an injured Marine being taken away for surgery and insisting that …