James was unsure about being paired with Katie at first, but after training with her and realizing how much of an impact she would have on his life, he can no longer imagine his life without her!
"We've trained together, we've enjoyed events together, and now Katie is home with me. It has been nothing but a blast, a joy, and a comfort knowing that a Service Dog – my Service Dog – is able to help me through my hard times of post-traumatic stress. Though this disease cannot be cured, and I surely do have many of the side effects of having PTSD, having Katie by my side sure is helping me to be able to work through this."
From his wife, Diana: James’ attitude and personality have totally changed after working with Next Step Service Dogs and his one-on-one trainer Sally. I am so pleased and thankful for this organization – they will never know how much they have saved my husband, James, and our marriage. Now that Katie is home with us, James is smiling again, he comes out of his room, and he is doing things with the family again. He is now starting his running program and often she runs with him. When she is not with him running, he knows she will be waiting for him and wagging her tail when he returns back home.
-JAMES (PARIED WITH KATIE)