National Service Dog Helps Couple Suffering with PTSD After Tragedy

image taken from the National Service Dogs Facebook page

image taken from the National Service Dogs Facebook page

Cambridge, ON – A service dog is providing support for a local couple who have recently been diagnosed with PTSD, more than four decades after they were involved in a tragic naval incident.

While serving in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1969, Jim and Diane Oliver witnessed an explosion on the HMCS Kootenay that left 9 dead and over a dozen injured. For years the couple struggled emotionally as a result of the trauma they’d suffered due to the incident, yet weren’t diagnosed with the disorder until recently.

Following the diagnosis, they opted to contact the National Service Dogs Cambridge in order to obtain a therapeutic companion.

It worked like a charm.

Lady, their chocolate lab, has changed the couples’ lives for the better by providing a distraction, assistance and generally cheering them up whenever either Jim or Diane is struggling emotionally. Diane states in The Record.Com:

 “The day we got her I heard Jim in the other room and he was giggling. I hadn’t heard him giggle in 40 years.”

National Service Dogs’ canines also help individuals suffering from several types of impairments including  autism and those recovering from trauma, abuse and strokes. The organization recently celebrated its 18th year, satisfied clients such as the Olivers can happily attest that the program has been an unqualified success.

The original article by Paige Desmond on The Record.Com website can be read here