Monday, August 1, 2011

Pit bull puppy saves Air Force veteran from committing suicide

The benefit of having a pet is terribly underrated in our society.  Pets are helpers, companions, family, and even life-lines at times.  Pets keep us grounded in the "here and now" because that is where they live.  Pets can teach responsibility, unconditional love, and how to have fun.  Pets enrich our lives simply by being there.

Here is an article I found in the NY Daily News that reinforces my view on pets.  I hope you read this and take the message to heart.  Get a pet if you don't have one, if you do, go love on your pet and thank God daily that you are allowed to share the life of these wonderful souls.



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Wednesday, July 27th 2011, 4:00 AM

Air Force veteran David Sharpe credits his pit bull, Cheyenne, with saving his life when he was on the brink of suicide.
CBS News
Air Force veteran David Sharpe credits his pit bull, Cheyenne, with saving his life when he was on the brink of suicide.
 
Air Force veteran Dave Sharpe survived two near-death experiences serving in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia - but it was his six-month-old pit bull puppy that saved his life.

His dog, Cheyenne, licked his ear and brought a suicidal Sharpe back from the brink when he had put his service pistol in his mouth, CBS reported.

"She came up behind me and she licked my ear," Sharpe told the network of the low point he hit after returning. "And she gave me this look of, 'What are you doing man, who's going to let me sleep in your bed? Listen, if you take care of me, I'll take care of you'," Sharpe said.

Cheyenne's divine intervention inspired Sharpe to reach out to other veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through the P2V (Pets to Vets) organization.

The non-profit matches vets with shelter dogs and cats in an effort to provide companionship.

Sharpe's turnaround serves as the group's prime example of the power of man's best friend.

"Before I met her, I was a wreck," he said of Cheyenne. "I was out of control, I would start fights for no reason."
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