Project Description

Ray & Dazzle

Ray had been a happy, friendly, and outgoing person all his life until combat related PTSD kicked in from his time in Vietnam. Some years after his retirement from the Army, he began having flashbacks and bouts of anxiety. Over the years, he had become increasingly withdrawn, anti-social, isolated, depressed and angry. He saw no real reason to even get out of bed and start his day. There were many times that he didn’t get out of bed at all. He felt that life held nothing of interest for him even after years of undergoing treatment at the VA.
All that changed with his new service dog – Dazzle. Before knowing that Dazzle was to be his new service dog, several members of the VA study team and Carol were talking with Ray and his wife about what life would be like with a service dog. Meanwhile, Dazzle played nearby and settled down to chew on a toy. Upon announcing that Dazzle was Ray’s new service dog, Ray became very emotional. Dazzle immediately left the ball he was playing with on the other side of the room and came directly to Ray and began licking the tears from his face. Dazzle knew immediately that this was his person and how he needed to help him.
After bringing Dazzle home, Ray began to venture out with him. They went to stores, restaurants, the beach – anywhere and everywhere. Even in crowds, which Ray had always avoided. Dazzle gave Ray a feeling of security, intervened to temper his anxiety and interrupted nightmares and flashbacks.
Ray said “Best of all, Dazzle gave me a reason to get out of bed each day and he has been helping me to re-establish the sense of worth I felt as a soldier”.
I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you from the daughters of Ray Galmiche. He has Dazzle as a service dog, well more his companion, and it has been the best thing that has ever happened in his life. I am so grateful that your organization has been able to help him through Dazzle’s skills, training, and simply put….love and kindness. Words simply cannot express how much gratitude my family has that my father has been given the opportunity to work on being the man he was destined to be. Once again, we say THANK YOU!!!