When I came home after serving two years in Vietnam, there was little support for returning veterans and PTSD wasn’t acknowledged and understood, as it is now. For years my temper had a very short fuse which caused pain to me and those in my life. I came to realize I had PTSD by being exposed to dogs – my wife has been a puppy-raiser and trainer for New Horizons Service Dogs for many years. I noticed the calming effect just being around them had on me. Savvy has been my service dog for several years as my constant companion. I also have knee problems and she has been trained to assist me with balance and stability. I need my dog – what she does for me is tremendous. She has so much joy and love. She is always there to assist and is my best friend.