Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Celebrate Service Dogs On National Pet Day with Northwest Battle Buddies #NationalPetDay

Recent statistics show that as of 2024, 66% of U.S. households (86.9 million homes) own a pet. They provide unconditional love, companionship, and more. 

This National Pet Day April 11th, we would like to honor the pets who serve as invaluable companions to Veterans struggling with PTSD. These are the specially trained service dogs from Northwest Battle Buddies (NWBB), who help Veterans live the life they deserve. 

22 Veterans a day, over 8,000 a year, commit suicide on American soil.  The 212+ NWBB dogs that serve as companions for Veterans have been lifelines to these American heroes, and we can proudly say that every pairing is a success.

Veterans facing the challenges of PTSD find solace and support in their remarkable canine companions, known as Battle Buddies. These extraordinary dogs are paired with Veterans coping with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression, providing invaluable assistance in their journey towards healing and resilience. From accompanying them on routine errands to enjoying leisure activities, these faithful companions enable Veterans to engage in everyday experiences that may otherwise seem daunting. With over five months of training, NWBB dogs can do so much for their partners, including waking their Veteran from nightmares, interrupting anxiety attacks, redirecting flashbacks, alerting on adrenaline, providing a social barrier in public, performing pressure therapy, and providing a constant feeling of safety.


Battle Buddies also enrich their partners’ connections to others. Here is what NWBB Veteran Ryan has to say about his Battle Buddy dog Twitch: 

“After serving two tours in Iraq, I had all the signs of a Veteran in distress. I was socially withdrawn, chronically anxious, and had little hope for my future. NWBB changed everything. My service dog helped me improve my marriage, find better jobs, and even buy a house. Dreams I thought were unattainable started coming true...I was finally happy and comfortable.”

29 comments:

  1. Service dogs provide a great service to all that own them.

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  2. This is a wonderful service for our veterans; dogs can be great companions, that's why they're man's best friend.

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  3. It is amazing what these dogs are trained to do and what a wonderful service they provide

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  4. great way to honor the animals who serve to help

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  5. Pets add so much love to any family. Service dogs go even further and help vets and other people take back their lives.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  6. It's wonderful how these dogs are trained to help in such a way!

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  7. Thankful for these animals helping humans!

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  8. My next door neighbor has a service dog and he's very dedicated.

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  9. Our dog Bailey provides us unconditional love, companionship and loyalty. This is a great program to help Veterans,

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  10. Aw!! Dogs are such good companions!! I love mine so much!! Its amazing at the different types of help service dogs can be to their people.

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  11. It is amazing that service dogs do so much for Veterans.

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  12. Service dogs provide such a lifeline for the need of their owners. Bless them!

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  13. Thank you for this very interesting article. I love to read about dogs.

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  14. Great post. Dogs are simply the best.

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  15. They are so special and help in so many ways!

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  16. I love dogs. I wish I could have one but we just don't have the time to dedicate right now or the funds. We do love donating time at the shelter though!

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  17. Service dogs are so important and a wonderful gift from the Lord.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  18. Much love to all the dogs who do so much for us

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  19. I am glad people aren't abusing the privilege.

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  20. Service animals do amazing good in this world. They deserve to be treated as special as they are.

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  21. Service dogs are pretty amazing! It's really cool to see how they can go from bouncy pup ready to play straight into 'work' mode when their harness goes on!

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  22. service dogs & k-9 dogs are amazing

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  23. These babies work so very hard, respect them and their owners.

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  24. I love this!! :)

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  25. I’m very impressed by service animals!

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  26. So good to learn more about service animals!

    —Elizabeth

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