“A Dog Is The Only Thing On Earth That Loves You More Than He Loves Himself.”
Goldens for Warriors is a project started by Mountains to Miracles to support veterans and their families who suffer from epileptic seizures. All Goldens For Warriors dogs are trained service dogs as well as seizure alert dogs.
Although canines have a long history of companionship with humans, only recently have the therapeutic benefits of this relationship been studied. Service dogs have been trained to help individuals with handicaps, including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Our goal is to match veterans and their families with seizure alert dogs, allowing people to get the medical attention and support needed in time to either avoid a seizure or minimize any injuries that could occur during a seizure. There are various ways a seizure alert dog may help a person with epilepsy. Some theories include the ability of Golden Retrievers to sense subtle changes in their owners, such as a change in smell, facial expressions, and even electrical disturbances which may occur prior to a seizure.
These Golden Retrievers alert their owners that medication is needed prior to the onset of a seizure or will alert a caretaker to administer medication, to avoid or minimize the intensity of a seizure. When a person is alone without medication, the dog may use its own body to lay against the body of the person having the seizure to limit injuries. The ways in which Golden Retrievers can help people who suffer from epilepsy is truly remarkable. In rare circumstances where a different breed of dog is better suited for a veterans needs, we will provide what is best for the veteran.
Brian received Odin through Mountains to Miracles. Brian additionally trained Odin for K-9 Good Citizen Certification. Brian and Odin are the best of pals. This is an example of how profoundly a bond with a dog can enhance someone’s quality of life. Brian currently volunteers with Mountain To Miracles to assist other veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI.
To Help Goldens For Warriors Thrive, There Is An Ongoing Need For:
VETERINARIANS – To donate their services for follow up and emergency care for the dogs. (Please see our Volunteer link under Get Involved.)
FOOD – Regular donations of food and supplies for the dogs.
DONATIONS – Any amount is appreciated and goes a long way to providing veterans with seizure alert dog