A war veteran walks around outside in an enclosed area. Forest surrounds him. He seems at peace. Then something comes loping towards him. At first glance, it looks like a German Shepherd, but there’s something different about its gait. Also, its features seem longer… more lupine. It’s a wolf. No, the man’s not in danger. He’s volunteering to help at the Warriors and Wolves rehabilitation program in Lockwood Valley, California. This video shows more about how they interact.
The primary goal of the program is to help veterans who have Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD). There have been many ways to try to help these former soldiers regain their life back after the ravages of war have torn their psyches apart.
Getting to feed and spend time with these wolves, who have suffered some form of injury themselves, helps them feel some sense of worth and calm in what’s a very stressful world. The two species are working to try to piece each other back together.
All in all, the veterans help the 40 animals that live there. They feed the wolves and bond with them, petting them and letting them lick their faces. It’s sweet to watch these two species interact with each other. There’s a lot of trust between them. That’s huge since both of them have been in situations where they haven’t trusted anyone around them.
The best thing about the program is that there’s no judgment on either side. They want to bond. It’s breaking things down to their most basic elements. There’s no outside world to worry about. There’s only time to spend with each other. It’d be great if there were more programs like this throughout the United States. A lot of veterans could use this kind of help, and California can be too far for many of them.
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