Stryker — Service
Stryker was a little golden retriever that found himself as a puppy, the part of a 2 yr program with veterans at a Federal Corrections Institution in WV. After being trained by those veterans and having a huge impact on the lives he touched while there and the local university (WVU). He was paired with me.
I was very ill when he came into my life for years. I still struggle to be honest, probably always will. But with his help, I dreamed again without the misjudgments of invisible illnesses. Without the medications many try to prescribe dangerously for way to long term. Which created new problems.
Stryker went full circle, from jail*(literally) to the White House multiple times. They creditaled “us” as a team on numerous occasions. I can’t explain our journey here, but it was truly a blessing.
In my opinion this dog is special very special dog (all dogs are tbh, the bond is key imo). He changed me, he saved me. I am his.
Maybe we can help in some way, the next veterans in need get that help thru service dogs.