My sweet puppy dog will be leaving me soon. Next Friday, he will officially begin his training to become a service dog and save the life of a veteran. I have been reflecting on this experience. One of my favorite parts has been watching my foster dog bond with my coworkers.
Slider and Uncle Greg
Slider has been the unofficial “house” dog in the admin office of K9s. When Slider is absent from a day of work, he is missed. What is even better is that when I felt like I couldn’t succeed as a foster mom, my coworkers believed in me. That means a lot.
I believe that animals, especially dogs, bring out the best in humanity. They are innocent, sweet, and have authentic hearts, which is why they can alleviate the symptoms of PTSD. I think my coworkers would agree, and it goes without saying that they have enjoyed bonding with Slider.
Slider and Uncle Ranger
Slider with Uncle Bryan and Cousin Dell
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.”
Recently Fletcher High, Slider’s Sponsor, had their homecoming week. Because of my ties to this school, I reached out to them and asked if there was anything that Slider and I could do to be apart of this time honored tradition.
Of course, Interact Club’s sponsor and my former teacher, Mr. Brown, was super enthused by our offer; he invited us to ride on Interact’s float during Fletcher’s homecoming parade. It was terribly hot, but such a wonderful time. Best of all, it was great training for Slider. I must say, I was a little concerned that he would try to jump off the side of the float to chase some candy. He did not though.
I was so proud to be on that float with Slider, representing K9s For Warriors in the wonderful community where I grew up. I also continue to be in awe of these students who are committed to helping K9s For Warriors, our veterans, and our rescue dogs.