Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dogs of War ~Review~

 About the Show:

DOGS OF WAR spotlights combat veteran Jim Stanek, who returns home struggling with PTSD. He looks into getting a service dog to help him heal, only to discover how expensive they are, and how long the wait to be paired with one is. So he starts his own nonprofit to rescue dogs from kill shelters, train them as service dogs and partner them with struggling veterans at little or no cost.

The show premieres Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10PM ET/PT and then moves to Sundays at 10PM ET/PT beginning Nov. 16 on A&E

In an era when most reality TV is hypersexualized, about cutthroat competition or designed solely to make us laugh at the culture of its “stars,” it is so refreshing to be associated with a series like this, which spotlights a man who uses the greatest pain in his life to offer the greatest comfort to the lives of others. 

My Thoughts: 

First let me say that I was given an opportunity to view the first episode and I laughed, I smiled and I cried.  I know what PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) can do to someone, nad when we think of PTSD we usually think of our War Heroes.  The definition of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you have gone through an extreme emotional trauma that involved the threat of injury or death. This can be caused by anything from Domestic Violence, or a abusive childhood, and to the obvious of War!
This film talks with War Veterans that suffer from PTSD and places them with a dof from the Shelter and trains them to be a service dog.  The man in the first episode Mike suffers from so many physcal aliments and mental disorders.  The dogs are used not just for the mental (PTSD) but also to assist in the physical aliments.  
When I first started watching, and realized they were training shelter dogs to be service dogs, I caught myself asking, How does the dog help with the physical part?  Well, you may be asking yourself the same question and here is MY answer: When we feel good mentally, we tend to feel better physically.  I have Rockweiler  and Pitt bull mix, his name is Diesel and about 7 years old.  When I get home and I feel bad he has a way of making me feel loved.  He has such an excitement that even our spouse can't always show us because they  have had a bad day or maybe they are just tired, but our dogs never seem to be too tired to e there for us or to show us the love and attention we need.

 This is a picture of my Diesel and my two girls, he is great with our family and as you can see form the pictures he allows them to do about what they want to do to him and never even barks.  We got him when he was a puppy and of course nobody wanted him, so we rescued him and he became a part of my family then. We trained him, not to be a service dog, but to be part of the family.  As big as he is, he comes in my house and he knows to lay down.  He is just way too big to run and get hyper inside, but as soon as he gets outside he goes hogwild.  Every home needs a good friend and that is not only what we have but also what these Veterans are looking for!

That is the purpose of these service dogs, they become a part of the Soldiers and their family.
If I can tell one thing, you will NOT be disappointed if you watch the first episode on November 11, at 10 PM on A&E.  Here is the trailer to the film, watch and let me know what are your thoughts on it!  Will you plan on watching when it airs?