Veteran’s Service Dog Sprints Toward Prison Inmate For Heartfelt Reason

It takes a lot of guts to be a part of the military, you have to be physically fit, mentally stable, and emotionally strong. The time that soldiers spend in the battlefield, away from their family, friends and loved ones surely have an adverse effect on our honorable military men.

In the Vietnam ᴡᴀʀ alone, 15 percent of the Vietnam veterans were diagnosed with PTSD or Post-Tʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ Stress Disorder. PTSD is a mental health disorder acquired after experiencing a ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ, sʜᴏᴄᴋɪɴɢ, sᴄᴀʀʏ or ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs event.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are numerous approaches to dealing with PTSD. Some people use pharmaceuticals, while others seek counseling, but one unique approach to deal is with the assistance of a service dog.

Sgt. William Campbell returned from ᴡᴀʀ with a Tʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ concussive brain ɪɴᴊᴜʀʏ. It made everyday activities a sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇ. Yet, when a Labrador Retriever named Pax entered his life, most things became easier. Pax is a service dog that can assist Campbell with physical chores while also providing emotional support.

Campbell isn’t the only person who Pax positively influenced. Pax also changed the lives of those close to Campbell and the people who trained Pax to become a service dog. So, when Pax reunited with a woman who helped raise him, he couldn’t contain his excitement. His reaction melted the hearts of so many people.

One day, Campbell brought Pax to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. When he saw inmate Laurie Kellogg, he sprinted toward her at full speed and showered her with kisses.

Campbell had brought Pax to the prison because he knew it was a special place for the pup. Pax had been part of the Puppies Behind Bars program, where inmates help prepare pups for lives as service dogs. Kellogg helped train Pax, so the two shared an emotional connection.

Kellogg admitted that even when Pax was still in training, the dutiful dog had brought her back to live in the present when she was having a PTSD ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ. She recalled how the service dog made her feel safe around him. Thus, when she found out that Pax would lend his assistance to a soldier who also suffered from PTSD, she was more than happy.

True enough, any baggage carried by more than one person, gets lighter and easier to carry. Fortunately for us humans, we have our pawed pals to entrust our life and share our problems with! Indeed, dogs are man’s best friend!

 

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