Paws 4 David



My husband has Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  He doesn’t like to talk about his past or the horrific events that led to this diagnosis, so I’m stepping in to tell you a bit about him. He is a wonderful husband and father, an avid outdoorsman, a public speaker, and has worked with teens and young adults for over 30 years. He has always managed his symptoms by being outside, walking in the woods, surfing, and taking time to himself. 

After the birth of our first child Dave’s symptoms escalated. His need to protect this small miracle from harm triggered more and more of his more severe symptoms (ie. Dissociations, anxiety, etc.).  Over the past 14 years Dave’s C-PTSD has steadily gotten worse and we really saw no hope in recovery.  Nothing we tried seemed to work.  

Dave’s doctors all agreed that a service dog was his best option of treatment but we had no idea how to find one, or where to look. In 2014 Dave met a young woman from Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs at a local coffee shop and immediately started a conversation. The news that K 4 Paws trained dogs for people with his diagnosis was life changing.  We are so excited to be on the waiting list for a dog.  

At a fundraiser this past summer Samantha Knapp allowed Dave to use a service dog for the day and the change it made in him brought me to tears.  He was his best self again. Please help us raise money for Dave’s dog so that he can go forward with a new sense of confidence, purpose, and get back to living the life he was destined to life. 

With all of my thanks, Steph (Dave’s wife)


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