Jeff Wilson and his service dog Lobo. Jeff served in the U.S. Army, 1986-2004 (Iraq).

Rest in peace sweet Lobo.  Training was provided by Operation Freedom Paws.

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Heal! Veterans and Their Service Dogs

“Being in public is hard, especially when it is very crowded and there’s a lot of noise. I become very guarded. With PTSD I have to know what’s going on around me at all times. So I am forever watching, looking. Anytime I hear a sound, see a motion, my head instantly jerks there. If something startles me or happens behind me, it makes my heart rate shoot through the roof and I spin around. Then I’m on edge and then I get angry. It’s a bad spiral but with Lobo, I know he’s got my back. When we are out in public I can relax a little bit because I know my buddy is ‘watching my six,’ keeping me safe. If I start getting nervous and can’t have anybody too close, he forms a natural physical barrier up to 4 to 5 feet away. It keeps people away from me so I don’t feel so cramped in and I can relax more. I don’t have to constantly watch the doors and the windows and I can have my back to the door and not be on edge and turn every five seconds to look at it.”

-Jeff Wilson

Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs

Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs

Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs

Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs

Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs

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