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Clara and Rhydian

Clara and Assistance Dog RhydianIt is amazing what effect a dog can have on the life of a human being. Never is this more true than with an assistance dog. Just take a look at the relationship between Clara and Rhydian.

Here is their story as told to us by Rhydian's handler, and best friend, Clara. Enjoy, because like every one of the stories we publish, it will make you take a step back and ponder the thing that really make the difference in our lives.

Rhydian is an incredible dog. Okay, I’m a little biased. But honestly and truly……I look at him and my soul just kind of goes, “Oh, hey, there you are. I’ve been looking for you. You’re my heart.” We are incredibly alike. We are both goofy and immature and spastic and ohmygod squirrel! and outgoing and funny.

But he’s me without the scars. He is so much like me without PTSD and a physical handicap. He wants to see the world and lick it fifty times and smell it and learn it and be there. He is so much more present than I am. I don’t do well with opposites attract, I’ve tried and I don’t work well with a calm serious dog. I need a little crazy and a lot hyper and a partner that wants to see the world. And too sensitive and mushy makes me gag.

Yeah, Rhydian is sensitive, he monitors my mood and always knows how I’m feeling. And if I am in the depression black hole he will come cuddle me. For five minutes. And then he’s hopping away and spinning in circles and bringing me toys and stopping and looking at me and telling me so strongly, “I know you’re hurting, and I know it sucks, but we can’t be sad forever - so let’s try and be happy together”. And then he makes me laugh and the demons are still there but this dog, this amazing German Shepherd, is standing right in front of those demons and telling me he’s right here right now.

At the end of the day, every day, whether I succeeded or failed Rhydian is there with his goofy smile and steady gaze, my partner. My best friend and my battle buddy. I love him more than anything in the world.


Article Posted By Josh Griffith
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