Ayla — Service

Sponsor: Lulu's Fund
Location: Missoula, Montana

My dog is an owner-trained Ehlers Danlos Syndrome medical-alert and PTSD service dog named Ayla. Ayla came into my life right around the time I started really getting more information about my disability. I had been going to so many doctors appointments, trying to find the answers to what was wrong with me. When I was diagnosed, it was suggested that I owner-train Ayla to be my service dog. I researched how to do this and worked with a Behaviorist on it. It took me two years to fully train my dog, but when I was finished I felt so accomplished. I’m a young college student and had a lot of difficulties fitting into society and being social before I had Ayla. The reason Ayla has been so important to me is that she has changed my life for the better. I have been able to do so much more and she makes me feel less alone. I don’t have parents, and part of my PTSD is about that, so Ayla has been a life support and a best friend for me. She helps me get through the day without feeling too sick, and she helps me remember things I can’t always tell myself. I think she’s a hero, because she helps me get out of bed and reminds me there is a reason to always keep going. She has saved my life, in many ways. I always tell people my lifeline has a heartbeat and four paws!

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