Puppy Saves Veteran from Suicide

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Have you ever had to deal with really sad or depressed people?

I’m sure most of us have. And I’m sure you’d all agree, it’s no walk in the park.

Sure, the normal “social protocol” says you should hear what they have to say, and be there for them whenever they need you.

For example, I have this one friend who’s ALWAYS down about anything and everything.

Her job, her lack of dating life, her car, her boss, her clothes, her WEIGHT. I mean EVERYTHING.

I’ve tried everything:

  • “There are people worse off than you” talk
  • “Look on the bright side” talk
  • “You’re on bottom. It can go only up” talk

Sure, it’s all about perspective, but no matter what you say, some people just look nowhere but down.

Let’s face it. We’re all humans and if you’re around these people for too long, you too will be affected and you too will feel down eventually.

What do you do then? Do you walk away? Keep trying if it maybe affect you negatively?

Now, imagine the “Debbie Downer” person is actually a war veteran who suffers from PTSD (post tramatic stress disorder).

Unless you’ve been in a war or anything even remotely stressful as being in a war where you might experience your friends getting killed in front of your eyes, words alone won’t change how they feel or their perspective on life.

And that’s what happened to David Sharpe, an air force veteran.

David was serving in the military in the middle east, where he experienced plenty of violence and deaths of friends and colleagues.

As you can imagine, David was no happy camper when he returned home.

David, internally suffering from PTSD, was picking fights, getting drunk nightly, and punching holes in walls.

And if anyone tried to help him?

“F*ck off” is how David would reply.

One day David hit bottom and life seemed hopeless.

It was time to end the suffering, the pain, and the sorrows.

Everything was calm.

Everything was peaceful.

David was ready to accept his fate.

David put a loaded gun in his mouth, closed his eyes and was ready to pull the trigger.

That internal war caused by his experience in an external war was going to come to and end.

This was it.

But then, there came a sign from God – a puppy licked his ear.

David opened his eyes and found Cheyenne, a puppy he had adopted a few months ago.

Now, I don’t wanna speak for David, but I’m guessing it’s really hard to blow your brains out when a puppy is staring at you with a wagging tail and a loving heart.

Here’s David’s story in his own words:

David said it best.

Dogs don’t judge.

Dogs don’t care who you are.

Dogs don’t care what you did.

Dogs don’t want you to have a fancy car or big house.

Dogs just want one thing.

You and your love. (Ok, technically, that’s 2, but you get the idea.)

In return, dogs will do everything for you unconditionally.

What an awesome story, brings tear to my face and joy to my heart.

Remember that if things don’t go right, or when you don’t get what you want, you always gotta get a perspective.

And that no matter how bad things go, there’s ALWAYS a way out.. and no matter how others may judge and criticize you, that there are always those willing to love you unconditionally no matter how much you messed up.

Including your dog.

Love, Peace, Happiness.

-TaeWoo

PawshPal

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/racked-by-ptsd-a-veteran-finds-calm-in-a-pound-pup-named-cheyenne/2011/06/16/AGLiYIeH_story.html

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  • ginger

    i’m old enough to be your grandma but i can relate to you & your dog in many ways,I’m so glad you found CHEYENNE,I’m sure you & everyone else knows this but I will say it again ( dog spelled backwards is GOD ) no matter what you believe the fact is GOD is not ready for you yet,He needs you to do more for the animals He gave us to love,so any time you are feeling down & wondering WHY am I still here just look at CHEYENNE and know in your heart that you got a lot of work ahead of you so get busy living & helping people & animals we all need more guys like YOU.

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