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My Journey To Get A Psd - Ptsd Service Dog

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As some of you may know my sweet little pug Etta James passed away Sept 29, 2010. It's been a difficult mourning process for me and as the immobilizing grief started to ease I felt a deep loneliness. I thought about another dog, however I'm not at the point in my life where a puppy is a good solution for me nor is a shelter dog.

I thought a lot about my little Etta and began to realize I needed not just a pet but also a partner who could help me with my PTSD. Looking back over the years I could see how my Etta helped me do that from nightmares to strange noises she was always there to reassure me and just seemed to naturally learn when she needed to clown and when she needed to cuddle. I thought about how unlikely it would be to find another dog like that.

However, not wanting to give up I started researching breeds and came across information on service dogs for veterans with PTSD, I read a bunch and watched a lot of videos. I talked to my psychologist and to my psychiatrist about it, both agreed it would be good for me. I called the VA to find out about it, I looked on the internet, I had a bit of a hard time finding information on anything in my area.

With some luck I found a place in my area that does train PTSD service dogs, I called my PTSD clinic nurse manager and she had heard of the organization and they had a good reputation. So I took a deep breath and called them, they were very helpful and kind. I completed my application and mailed it in yesterday. So we will see what happens. My psychiatrist has to fax them a form confirming I have a diagnosis of PTSD and hopefully they will do that sooner rather than later. The application process takes time, I've completed the first step. If my application is accepted then they will schedule a home visit. When a dog is a available I must attend a two week training session which is to train me on how to work with the dog and to develop a bond between me and my new best friend.

If you want to read about the organization that I went through their website is here http://supportdogs.org/ If you want to watch some videos about PTSD dogs you can find some here http://ow.ly/4bz6n

I'll post back here to let you know whether my application is accepted or not. Wish me luck!

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Good Luck Tbird. I know it is near the 6 month mark since you lost your dear Etta James. People who are not pet lovers do not realize how these are really our family members. My dog goes all over with me except on a recent plane ride. I didn't want him to be in with the luggage in his crate/kennel. So he stayed at my daughters for a few days. He missed me as much as I did him too!! Had to call him on the phone so he could hear my voice. Ha ha.

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T,

This part sounds great !

"Our Psychiatric Service Dogs act as a grounding mechanism for someone with PTSD and can provide a sense of security and empowerment for the individual."

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I had good luck with pets helping me deal with agoraphobia. For some reason first McKensie, than Sasha and now Sydney all Goldens help me travel and are constantly with me. None was trained as a Service dog but I have used them as my service dog.

Its been since 1991 and on my third dog with no problems so far. Not one time have the dogs been aggressive other than to bark at people who try to approach them when they are in the car. We have had other dogs but these were the ones that helped me.

The only real accommodations that I have had to make is that we don't go anywhere when its over 90 degrees. When we have traveled and stayed at motels we have checked about dogs.

Dogs are very social and mine love to go out with me and Mrs Pete. If they see me put on a coat they run to the garage.

Just watching TV with a dog can be relaxing.

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TBird,

I'm glad to see you starting the process.

We all look forward to hearing about meeting your new best friend! :smile:

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Sorry to hear about your pug. My (our) pug is 8 and her name is "Ruby". She likes to wrestle with our cat "Jasper". Wife works away from home each day. All 3 children gone away college/2-graduated. All day long and some nights, just Ruby and I. What great company. On my worst days dealing with depression-----I feel her warm head upon my knee. She likes what I eat, we watch the same movies, never argue, and nap together. My wife says, "Ruby is the other woman in my life". I am sure another pet will sooth your soul. Good luck with your decision.

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T-bird.........you will be blessed.

and loved.

I think that what we wish for will come true, and there is a dear friend of yours waiting to meet you.

LarryJ

NancyJ, Harley, Jo-Jo, Whizzer, Lola, Lucy, Gracie, Kinkey and Gizmoe (My Support Group(ies))!

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All my forms have been filed. Next an in person interview. Wish me luck.

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All my forms have been filed. Next an in person interview. Wish me luck.

Good Luck T-Bird! wish you all the best.:rolleyes:

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Wow you are on your way. I think a service dog would be a large comfort to you.

Pete

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I think a service dog would be a wonderful addition to your life. We have a dog, or shall I say my husband has a dog. Although he's not a service dog, he enriches my husbands life dramatically. I wonder if the VA would pay to train our dog as a service dog? That would be great for veterans that already have dogs, but the dogs are not disciplined enough to be considered 'in service'.

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May 18th I go in for my interview. They will give me a tour of the facility. I will meet some of the dogs and do a short test to see how I handle the dogs, then a personal interview. After that I wait to see if they approve me. If they approve then I wait for a dog to become available it can take up to a year. But all good things are worth waiting for. So far so good.

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May 18th I go in for my interview. They will give me a tour of the facility. I will meet some of the dogs and do a short test to see how I handle the dogs, then a personal interview. After that I wait to see if they approve me. If they approve then I wait for a dog to become available it can take up to a year. But all good things are worth waiting for. So far so good.

Remember your own words Tbird! "But all good things are worth waiting for. So far so good" Be patient you will soon greet your new found friend and house mate. All good things happen to good people who keep the faith. Remember my salute. Respect, honor, and the Love of your fellow comrades will help keep you sane until SPOT gets there LOL Hang tight!! I think its a wonderful idea!!

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Thank you Chu Lai, perhaps the next time we have coffee, I will have a new friend with me wouldn't that be nice :)

Remember your own words Tbird! "But all good things are worth waiting for. So far so good" Be patient you will soon greet your new found friend and house mate. All good things happen to good people who keep the faith. Remember my salute. Respect, honor, and the Love of your fellow comrades will help keep you sane until SPOT gets there LOL Hang tight!! I think its a wonderful idea!!

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This could start a real trend! A PTSD dog would be great since many PTSD suffers have a hard time going out in public by themselves.

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Tbird, I'm so happy this is happening for you! Wishing you so much good luck :)

I talked to my therapist about it... he'd never heard of it, but after showing him all the stuff I'd printed off the Internet, he said he didn't think it would be good for me. He said that people with SD's are very frequently approached by strangers with questions and comments, and he didn't think the attention would help me.

When he put it like that, the thought of people coming up to me to ask if they could pet my dog, what's he for?, etc.... too scary! I'd rather stay as invisible as possible....

But I met a lady at the Trauma Recovery Program who had one, and he brought her so much comfort... I hope they accept your application and it works out for you, Tbird!!

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Thank you Hedgey. I am somewhat concerned about that myself, however, weighing out the good from the bad took me a long time. I have been reading how to navigate those types of encounters. I am apprehensive about this aspect of having a service dog, however after long thought I still think the good out weighs the bad. I certainly do understand your concerns and they are valid, I hope that it works out for me.

Tbird, I'm so happy this is happening for you! Wishing you so much good luck :)

I talked to my therapist about it... he'd never heard of it, but after showing him all the stuff I'd printed off the Internet, he said he didn't think it would be good for me. He said that people with SD's are very frequently approached by strangers with questions and comments, and he didn't think the attention would help me.

When he put it like that, the thought of people coming up to me to ask if they could pet my dog, what's he for?, etc.... too scary! I'd rather stay as invisible as possible....

But I met a lady at the Trauma Recovery Program who had one, and he brought her so much comfort... I hope they accept your application and it works out for you, Tbird!!

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From The Pink Panther Strikes Again -

Clouseau: Does your dog bite?

Hotel Clerk: No.

Clouseau: [bowing down to pet the dog] Nice doggie.

[Dog barks and bites Clouseau in the hand]

Clouseau: I thought you said your dog did not bite!

Hotel Clerk: That's not my dog.

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My interview for a PTSD service dog. It seemed to go ok. Those dogs are so smart they are amazing. They can even help me with my balance which sometimes is a bit off. It will be a week or two before I find out if I am approved and if I am then it's about a year wait to get a dog and then two weeks of intensive team training. I'll let you know what happens. Fingers crossed.

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Wishing for the best Tbird! I didn't realize that it took so long to get one.

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Tbird,

I surely hope you are approved and that it takes much less

time than usual to get your helper buddy : -)

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Have you heard anything about this yet T=bird??

My interview for a PTSD service dog. It seemed to go ok. Those dogs are so smart they are amazing. They can even help me with my balance which sometimes is a bit off. It will be a week or two before I find out if I am approved and if I am then it's about a year wait to get a dog and then two weeks of intensive team training. I'll let you know what happens. Fingers crossed.

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I am going for a second interview at the end of this month. Hopefully I will know something soon. My back up plan is to get a doggie if this doesn't work out for me. My little pug Etta James passed away in Sept 2010 and I think it is time for a new buddy. If the support dog plan doesn't work out I will have to give some thought on what kind of breed I should get next. I'm not sure I could get another pug. I prefer to get a pure breed dog rather than a mutt only because I like as few surprises as possible. Behavioral or health problems showing up are not something that would be easy for me to cope with. I took a cat in several years ago she was a darling calico I named Eartha Kitty, she had feline leukemia we had a wonderful couple of years together the three of us, but it was heart wrenching to let her go.

Have you heard anything about this yet T=bird??

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I suggest that you consider a dog from the working dog group. I am partial to golden retrievers, but labs and any dog is great but a service dog trained can prevent a lot of problems. I am also partial to female dogs. We have two not always feasible but most dogs are very social and with two they have companionship also.

Anyway good luck on your interview.

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Good Luck Tbird!! I hope you get the dog you need!! ~Wings

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