Mark Rush, Retired Army
Living a more functional life
Bradley came into my life just over a year ago, but it seems like much longer than that. Bradley is full of energy and loves to help me out in any way he can. Bradley's specific training to my needs allows him to help me live a more functional life. There are certain things that I did not understand if I would be able to do again, but I found out with Bradley I can do them. He has a bond with me that a person nor a material item can provide. He is a big ball of energy, but when it's time to get into "Cape," he turns into my superhero. I am truly grateful for Patriot Service Dogs and the legacy they are passing on every year to help support wounded veterans like myself. You have touched me and my family's lives forever, and I couldn't imagine life without my buddy (Bradley). For that, I am truly grateful.
A light to focus on
Thank you again for Patriot. Patriot has shown me that there's still a light to focus on and fight for in my darkest times.
It's tough to stay mad at anything when Patriot is at my leg. In public, she's always watching me and understands when to put herself between me and anything else. The amount of stress that she has relieved, I can't compare to anything else. I can never stay depressed when she's got her grumpy cat toy in her mouth, prancing around like a princess.
Patriot has almost got rid of my paranoia in public places. In fact, we are both enjoying exercising at the park now.
Patriot Service Dogs saved my life. I will forever be a part of their family.
She is My Rock
For Rosa and me, it has been an all-around new adventure! As a VFW, it is very hard to have a regular life and enjoy activities we endure day-to-day. Rosa saved me in many ways. She has helped me share the emotions that I longed to express. I have cried with her, and I have been happy when she barks and loves on me. When I am lonely and my wife has to go somewhere, Rosa is by my side no matter how long my wife is gone. She has also helped to ground me and keep me comfortable in life's serious challenges. I suffer from PTSD, TBI, seizures, and survivor's guilt (which has been the worst to overcome). She's spent many nights up with me when sleep has eluded me, and I've felt all alone. I can honestly say, "Rosa saved my life." I am sure I would not be here if not for this wonderful, beautiful, sweet, caring, and very alert dog!
To put it the best way, when I received her 6.5 years ago, my life changed for the better, and she is still my ROCK to this day. I could not imagine my life any better if it wasn't for her sweet and beautiful smile that I see everyday!!
PSD trained my Rosa Bean, and they prepared her for all the things that I faced on a normal day. Without her, I know how much trouble it would be to have the normal life I so deserve. The life of a combat vet (to me) is the absolute hardest life to live, but I can assure you that PSD knew what I needed when they met me. That is when they chose this perfect angel for me, and I could not have asked for a better life than the one I have here today! Thank you, PSD, for keeping the life going for this injured Combat Vet. I know my baby is getting ready to retire, but she is my ROCK!