Gunner — Service

Location: Huntsville, Texas

Gunner came to me at a time in my life when I did not think I was going to continue with life. After being burned in an explosion at work I developed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) as well as mobility issues, anxiety, and depression. My burn psychiatrist mentioned that my case of PTSD was one of the worst he had ever treated in a civilian and suggested getting a service animal to help with it. When my wife had to return to work, I had Gunner to watch over me and help with insane symptoms of the PTSD when I was triggered. My right side was damaged the worst, I wouldn’t even dare walk outside or in public on uneven surfaces without him. As the years progressed and I got worse (CRPS) many of our days would be spent with me completely immobile and no matter what Gunner wouldn’t leave my side. When the anger, rage and lashing out came, Gunner was the only one who could/can safely bring me out of those episodes. In July 2020 Gunner and I traveled to a treatment called the Spero Clinic for CRPS. Gunner and I endured a 23 week treatment which has helped to put my CRPS into remission. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, it was also hard on Gunner because some of the sessions were painful or difficult. Because of his training he would try to stop the sessions. He deserves the title of American Hero Dog because that is exactly what he is, my hero. I wouldn’t be alive today without this amazing dog, My G man.

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