10 Jul '18, 3am

Dogs leading veterans out of the darkness:

Dogs leading veterans out of the darkness:

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — For Maddy Gibson, life is hazily divided between the darkness and the light, the loneliness and the comfort, the fear and the peace. The demarcation between the halves is Lady, a 5-year-old Basenji mix with a fierce curiosity for everything, but a shyness around other dogs. Lady, a rescue, is Gibson’s service dog, and the touchstone that allows Gibson to venture out into a world that once seemed too harsh. “She’s changed my life so much,” says Gibson, a 38-year-old Navy veteran. “Before, I didn’t get out of bed much. I didn’t go out much. To me, the world was terrible and humans were awful.” Gibson and Lady are graduates of the Pets and Vets service dog program offered by Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek. The training connects veterans with rescued dogs that have passed testing to become service animals....

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