Service dogs have an important job – they help change the lives of their handlers and in some cases, save them. They have proven to be effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD, alerting diabetics to insulin spikes or crashes, or helping the blind navigate in public. Its pretty accepted that service dogs make the lives of their human partners better. But what about the dog’s life? Are their days fulfilling and happy? Or are they victims of a life of servitude?
After our soldiers come home, they bring the memories from the theater of war that can haunt them for the rest of their lives. Divorce, abuse, violence, and persistent flashbacks or nightmares follow them from overseas and spill into their personal civilian life. Try as they might, many of them continue to struggle even months after moving back.
To find respite from these symptoms, many people look to wholesome treatments as an alternative to pharmaceuticals, which sometime can make them feel like a zombie.
We’ve all heard that dogs are “man’s best friend”. There’s a history between dogs and people that stretches back a millennia. Researchers say that the beginning of this relationship started with our nomad ancestors and the wolves that followed them. There is believed to have been some sort of mutually beneficial relationship between the two. From there, humans began to select the friendliest or most social of the wolves to go with them and with time, they became the goofy, varied, friendly dogs we know in modern times.