Emotional Support Dog Saves His Owner From Taking His Own Life

By UngerTheInfluence

When a soldier returns from war, the biggest struggle they often face is trying to readjust to society. After everything they've seen and experienced, it can be very difficult for them to slip right back into their previous life. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sometimes takes over, and depression or even suicidal thoughts are a very real obstacle in many cases.

Luckily, there are ways to help veterans overcome daily challenges, like working with emotional support dogs. These animals can sense when their owner is having a panic attack or a flashback, and they are trained to take them to a place that's quiet and safe until they can regain their thoughts again.

Ryan, a 30-year-old Army veteran, returned home from Iraq with severe PTSD. Soon after, he met a 6-year-old wolfhound he named Yogi and trained him as a service dog to assist with his disorder. Ryan will always remember the time when he was on the verge of committing suicide, and Yogi's quick thinking saved his life...

A 30-year-old Army veteran named Ryan came back from Afghanistan suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. He befriended a dog named Yogi who was trained to act as an emotional service dog, and Ryan will never forget the one day Yogi truly saved his life.
Ryan often suffered from panic attacks and flashbacks from his experience overseas. He would often break down in public, and relied heavily on Yogi to help remove him from the situation and bring him to a calm location to regroup.
Ryan remembers one particular day when the depression and suicidal thoughts were inescapable. He felt hopeless and was prepared to take his own life. Yogi instantly picked up on Ryan's energy and stepped in...
After that day, Ryan went on to start a group called Soldier On which helps returning veterans overcome PTSD with the help of dogs like Yogi. He wants this group to become a lifeline for those who feel like they don't have one.