There are thousands of dogs waiting to be re-homed throughout the UK. There is no doubt in Mike Wright’s, our resident Canine Behaviourist (and Royal Navy veteran), mind that dogs can help a veteran suffering with mental health problems.
Paw support aims to help veterans find the right rescue dog for them. Both will benefit from the new partnership.
Mike will offer help in finding and assessing rescue dogs that suit each veteran wanting a dog. He will run short courses for veterans wanting to learn about having a dog. If a suitable match is found, Mike will put together a behavioural and training programme to help both the veteran and the dog develop their relationship.
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I served as an RAF medic between 2006-2013 with a tour in Afghanistan in 2012. I left shortly after this tour due too, but not then known, a decline in my mental health. I joined the ambulance service afterwards and continue to work as an EMT today (with support).
In Afghanistan I worked in Aeromedical Evacuation and treated patients of all backgrounds and ages. It was seeing the children hurt or worse that I struggled to cope with. I still have bad days as I continue to work in the ambulance service and see similar situations which can trigger previous memories.
This is why I am thankful that Tramp came into my life.
I saw Tramp on a dog rescue FaceBook page 3 years ago and I immediately fell in love with him. He is a rescue dog with a horrible history – there is police footage online still. He was actually ‘rescued’ into that horrible home so one can only guess as to the terrible life he has had altogether.
However, Tramp is now my literal best friend. We are inseparable and know when the other is feeling down. I had a bad day earlier this year and somehow he just knew and it was the first time I’ve seen him come and rest his head on me. This doesn’t sound a lot but it’s taken a long time to gain his trust and at first he wouldn’t go near anyone. They talk of dogs having separation anxiety – I have it in reverse!
He makes me go out everyday when otherwise I would stay inside and shut myself off. We socialise with other walkers and make new acquaintances. We travel round the UK and Europe together in a camper van I built and explore new places and have adventures together. He’s the best thing in my life and I would recommend anyone to consider giving a pooch their furever home!
Note from Mike
Although Rory rescued Tramp before Paw Support was established, his story illustrates, clearly, how having a dog can really help those suffering like Rory.
I’d like to thank Rory for sharing his story.
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