It’s bad enough that our veterans have been at war for 9 years, only to come home without affordable healthcare. Now, even dogs get better treatment than they do!
News sources are reporting about a dog named Gina who has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after coming home from the war in Iraq.
Gina, a highly-trained, bomb-sniffing German Shepherd is being treated for the disorder after she came home from Iraq and refused to enter rooms.
Once she went inside, the terrified dog would tuck her tail between her legs and crouch to the floor. She’d then hide under furniture to avoid humans.
Gina used to be a people-friendly canine. But at 2-years-old, she was sent to Iraq to search homes. She would frequently observe loud explosions. She was once in a convoy when another vehicle got bombed.
When Gina came back to Colorado after a six-month stint abroad, a military vet diagnosed Gina with PTSD, which animal experts say can affect dogs just like humans.
“She was terrified of everybody and it was obviously a condition that led her down that road,” said Master Sgt. Eric Haynes, the kennel master at Peterson Air Force Base.
According to Nicholas Dodman, head of the animal behavior program at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary medicine, dogs can undergo a similar PTSD as humans.
He said many vets don’t like to diagnose the condition to animals because they feel it degrades military personnel.
It’s been a year, and Gina has been doing recovering after therapy and gradually reintroducing her to life in the military.
Haynes added that while he’s worked with many dogs affected by war, Gina has been the worst. He hopes she’ll recover, but isn’t sure that she will.
“Anytime someone has that much fear about anything, then obviously it will be hard just to get it fixed,” he said.
First of all, WTF is going on over there?! They killing so many people, even the d*mn dogs can’t handle it? And second of all, who told them our tax dollars could be spent on a whole YEAR of animal therapy. We got borders to protect and people to educate and they worried about how a dog is expressing himself! GTFOH… and your little dog too!