My name is Derek (“D”)
I am retired from the military and a public servant. I have 4
children (but lost one) and 5 grandchildren. My daily challenges are
both mental and physical and include panic attacks, anxiety, and
depression. I am also dyslexic and have hearing loss. These challenges
are attributed to an eating disorder and I have gained a significant
amount of weight.
In the past, I had 2 dogs, which helped me with motivation regarding
exercise. Both my psychologist and medical doctor agree that a
service dog will help with my panic attacks and help with reducing my
anxiety and depression. There will also be an improvement with my
weight issue, as I will always have a companion to walk with.
My friends and family are incredibly supportive and thanks to their
support, the opportunity of applying and being accepted for a service
dog has been momentous for me. I have gone through many “hoops”in the
process to get to this point and I am happy and thankful that K4PAWS
has approved my application.
Thank you all, for your generosity and support of K4PAWS.