Cindy is a veteran with PTSD – diagnosed in 2001. As a result she spent many years unable to leave her home or engage with others. The disability left her a prisoner in her own world. Public spaces and events would cause degrees of frustration, anxiety and panic so extreme, it was easier to just avoid them all together.. She was unable to live a full life – a productive life – but she desperately wanted to be an active participate in society again.
In 2017 she began the search for a PTSD service dog. She was told repeatedly that there were no dogs available and the wait for one in Canada would be years. Undeterred and determined the search continued and Cindy was, eventually, helped by a U.S. based organization – Pawsitive Love Foundation (PLF) – based in Florida.
Cindy was fortunate enough to have a dog of a suitable breed, age and temperament that PLF determined could be properly trained. (This is a rare occurrence as the vast majority of service dogs are bred specifically for their purpose.)
PLF accepted Gracie only after meeting her and evaluating her. Once approved, Gracie and Cindy began an intensive training schedule. The two graduated last March and Gracie took her place at Cindy’s side.
What a difference Gracie has made in Cindy’s life.
Gracie’s presence and skills allow Cindy to leave the house, shop, attend social functions and interact with people again. She lives a full life – a productive life and she’s determined to give back to others. The incredible generosity* Cindy received from the Pawsitive Love Foundation inspired her to establish Veteran’s Elite Canines Inc. She invites you to join her and the VEC team.