Veteran gets a service dog to ease the stress of an amputated leg, PTSD

Service dog

For 15 years, Gerald Whittaker has been training dogs at the Assistance Service Dog Educational Center in the old schoolhouse north of town.

Some of the dogs he trains are for veterans who have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, or both.

“I’ve placed 89 dogs with veterans in the last 12 years,” he said. “We have dogs in 30 states.”

John Cook of Fresno is one of those veterans. Ivy, a female golden retriever, has been his service dog for about two years.

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