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Review for 1Boy4Change, Inc., Morriston, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This boy, no man, does for so many when one would only do for himself. I am a disabled Vet w/ PTSD and he is doing everything in his power to get me PTSD trained service dog. Unlike most training I can not be present for most of the training due to the severity of my Illness, but that has not stopped him and will soon have my dog and help me again gain my freedom.

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Review for 1Boy4Change, Inc., Morriston, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In 1998 I was diagnosed with PTSD for my time in Bosnia. I was medically released from the service in 99. I was a mess for several years, even spending time in the hospital from my PTSD. After the hospital stay things were looking better, for I had learned had to cope with the symptoms of my disorder. This held well till Oct of last year when a stressor broke me. A three story flood had happened destroying my upstairs bathroom, through my kitchen, and into the basement where it went down the drain.

Now I had always looked over my shoulder everywhere I went, kept my back to walls and sat in corner booths at restaurants, but something was different now. I couldn’t seem to handle being anywhere for too long without having an anxiety attack. I basically started to become a shut in and stayed away from everything. Trips to stores were terrible, I hurry up so fat that I forget half of the things I would go in for and would have to send my wife back out because I couldn’t handle the anxiety. I also began missing important thing like my daughter’s soccer games and the games I did go; I was a nervous wreck when I got home.

I explained all of this one day to my other dog’s groomer and she suggested 1Boy4Change. I asked what they did and she answered with, “They help by providing those in need a service dog that is or will be trained to aid you.” Now I had heard of other disabled Veterans getting service dogs and how they changed their life and figured, I had nothing else to lose and gave Chris, 1Boy4Change a Facebook a message. Within that very day I received a group invite and message asking me a series of basic questions. Type of dog I am looking for, short or long fur, etc... I answered them all and before I knew it I was paired up to a white German shep, soon to be in training. This wasn’t to be, because the owner sold the dog, which Chris begged forgiveness for, I am an understanding person and reassured him that everything was fine, but the very same day he had another dog for me and on top of that it was already trained for PTSD.

The next week I drove down and picked up my SD and received some basic training on how to handle the dog. I would of stayed longer, but my anxiety was fried and I was having a lot of attacks, none there, save upon entering their home. I also had a long trip to make back home to do as well. When I got home, things started out fine, but quick became a problem. There seem to be issues that my SD had that were causing problems with me. This was taken care of quickly when my SD had to go back for retraining or Boot Camp as it is called and I can’t wait to get her back her in early May.

Chris is a wonderful young man and has done a lot of good in this cruel world. Even the short time I had my SD, it changed me for the better. He handles things professionally and is willing to help in any aspect that he can. I hope this young man has many years of happiness and is able to help many more people in need.

George Christian

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