Meet Lola and Chino...they are our newest trainees and have been terrific students. Both were one time shelter dogs. Although they have already received their basic training from the inmates at the local prison assisted by Jane Miller they have a long way to go to learn the public access skills, individualized tasks and all the things they need to know to help their new mom's live productive, independent lives.
You can buy a week of training for a psychiatric service dog like Lola or Chino for $100 each. However, we know not everyone can do that and would be happy to receive even a $5.00 donation. If we reach $250 in donations we will be eligible to win another $4000! Put a smile on Lola's face and donate, whatever the amount!
She came home with me, I got out of a hospital psych. And I was in for a couple days because I was suicidal. So I got out and I knew that I was probably gonna get a dog and that was totally keeping me going. And she just looks so sweet. Her eyes are very… someone said they were soulful. She’s my dog, but I think she has a lovely face. Oh my gosh, in terms of doing trauma work, it’s been so much better doing it with Ninna around. I mean, she helps me to be grounded and you know, if I’m… sometimes when I’m crying, she’ll sit there, she’ll lick my face, and you know what? Something so simple but like, it just, it reminds you that you’re not the only person in the world in that moment. Your pain is not the only thing that exists. I don’t know, I found that Ninna really helps me and I kind of snap out of that. Again, in some ways she’s like my shield from the world and in others she helps me to be in the world. My relationship with Ninna is great. I would absolutely, absolutely recommend it. It’s really corny, but it’s true, she’s helped me want to live.
My name is Tracy My service dog’s name is Finola. Finola was rescued from Hurricane Katrina. She helps me live a more productive life. She helps me go to the grocery store, bank, And other places away from our home. I have post traumatic stress disorder. I have many symptoms that go along with PTSD. Finola was trained to help me with my panic attacks. Without Finola I would be house bound. Finola is almost 9 yrs. old & ready to retire so I hope to start training my next PSDIT who will receive the basic training by inmates at the Grafton prison.
I am able to work two jobs because of my service dog Finola. I still can’t afford all the training my next dog will need to become my service dog. Finola recently turned nine. I cry as I write this because I know Finola won’t be able to work much longer. I can’t even imagine how I would survive without the help of a service dog. We need funding desperately for training, food,& vet care. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please help me and others live a more independent & productive life. Donate to Healing Companions Inc. to help train rescue dogs to become PSD’S. My service dog Finola has definitely transformed my life.