Banner — Service
Banner is a medical/psychiatric service dog. She started her journey at 8 weeks old and we have trained long and hard to get to where we are today. I have a few disabilities that made me look into getting a service dog to help since I have a high tolerance for medication.
She also is an advocate against breed discrimination in the service dog world, showing that any breed CAN be a service dog.
My PTSD is from childhood physical, mental, and sexual abuse, as well as domestic violence from a past marriage. I couldn’t handle crowds, going to the grocery store was terrifying, I couldn’t go to my kids’ school functions due to the anxiety and ptsd episodes.
Banner gave me freedom. Banner gave me confidence. I’m able to live a semi-normal existence now, I don’t have to have another human accompany me on errands. I was even able to start going to comic conventions which is something I NEVER thought I could enjoy! Sometimes there are things we can’t say to other humans, out of fear of being locked away due to the toxic thoughts. I’ve survived suicide. Banner doesn’t judge me, she’s always there for me, an anchor to the reality trying to keep me in this world instead of my painful memories.
I think she’s deserves this, she deserves everything. She’s a daily hero that no one would suspect.