GDA transforms lives by partnering service dogs with blind/visually impaired individuals, veterans with PTSD, children with autism, and professionals in hospitals, schools, & courtrooms. All programs & services are provided at no cost to the recipient.
Web Site www.guidedogsofamerica.org
I am a combat veteran with chronic PTSD, and I have secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. My brain and spinal cord have dozens of areas of damage that affect all aspects of my daily life.
TLCAD matched Orbit and me about one year ago, and my life is forever changed for the better. Orbit was custom trained for me as both a PTSD and mobility service dog. Orbit goes above and beyond- performing cues for me in specific situations.
Orbit helps me stay focused and calm in a myriad of ways. He lays his head on my feet, rests his chin on my lap and when I want a weighted blanket he rests in my lap. These specific cues are a form of deep pressure therapy (D.P.T.); It immediately makes me feel calm, softens my anxiety, reduces my heart rate, lowers my blood pressure, and helps me focus.
My PTSD is chronic as I suffer from complex trauma. I have good days and bad days. I am often overwhelmed while standing in lines, e.g., at the grocery store. In this instance, I cue Orbit to sit at my right or my left then cue him to lean his head against my leg. This is so very helpful!
Each day I experience severly reduced cognitive ability and vertigo. Having Orbit at my side 24/7 helps my brain stay engaged and awake. If I feel unsteady when I stand, I cue Orbit, "brace," and he braces his body so that I can steady myself on his shoulders or hips.
While there is no cure for MS, I still have hope becauseI know as a team, we can not only survive but THRIVE. It's amazing to wake up every day looking forward to embracing the day ahead. Thank you, TLCAD, for giving me my life back." -Lorilei, Orbits recipient.