Major — Service
Major was a stray picked up off the streets of Saginaw, Michigan and adopted by Blue Star Service Dogs. He was put into the Star Training program at Saginaw Correctional Facility. Over the course of several months, Major received training to learn the basic building blocks of becoming a service dog. In August 2020, Major and I were paired together and formed an immediate connection. Major has been a huge blessing to me. When I left the military, there were many things that I used to love doing that I could no longer enjoy. Simple things like traveling, going to sporting events, going out to eat or even going to crowded stores with my wife. Those events would just have me crippled with anxiety. Since I have gotten Major, I have taken a plane down to Georgia to surprise my best friend for his birthday. I have gone to several NHL hockey games in the past month, and I am not on edge when I go into crowded places in public. It might not seem like a lot to some people, but when you can sit in a restaurant and engage the person you are with because you no longer feel like you have to worry about what is going on around you, it feels like you have gotten some form of your old life back. Even when Major isn’t working and we are just at home, he is always keeping me on my toes. He always wants to play and keep me going when I need it, and will cuddle in my lap when I need to calm down. I cannot put into words how grateful I am to have Major. He has given me my life back.