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wethedogsdc. If you’re suffering from ptsd, don’t despair. You’re not alone. Please

If you’re suffering from ptsd, don’t despair. You’re not alone. Please get help, reach out, open up, let go of the darkness, embrace the support. If you’re debating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 now. You can get through this; we need you here! If you’re a veteran in need of a service dog, please reach out to @americasvetdogs for info. 🐾🇺🇸🐾🇺🇸🐾 [ 📷 by @slpearsall ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #rest #ptsd #ptsdawareness #nikon #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #suicideprevention #suicideawarness #mentalhealthawareness

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wethedogsdc. I have night terrors related to PTSD and one of Charlie’s PTSD mitigat

I have night terrors related to PTSD and one of Charlie’s PTSD mitigation tasks is to wake me from a nightmare. He was trained to pull a blanket off if I was restless in my sleep. Since he sleeps in bed with me now, we’ve adapted the task. He lifts and drops his head on my legs and when I wake, he low crawls up to my heart and “rests” his head on my chest until my heartbeat slows. [ 📷 by @slpearsall @_oliviapoff @andunaway ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #rest #ptsd #ptsdawareness

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wethedogsdc. Charlie wears a vest in public so people are aware he’s working. His v

Charlie wears a vest in public so people are aware he’s working. His vest has a counter balance handle that helps when I’m a little “off kilter.” [ 📷 by @slpearsall ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #rest #ptsd #ptsdawareness #nikon #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador

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wethedogsdc. Charlie can “bring” items to me if I drop them. He also knows a few it

Charlie can “bring” items to me if I drop them. He also knows a few items by name that he’ll retrieve on command such as “cape” and “leash.” The “bring” task is handy when I’m having vertigo. [ 📷 by @slpearsall ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #rest #ptsd #ptsdawareness

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wethedogsdc. Between you and me, Charlie’s a bit of a water diva. If it’s not strai

Between you and me, Charlie’s a bit of a water diva. If it’s not straight from the tap or bottle, he’ll usually turn his nose away from it 🤣💦🤷🏻‍♀️🐾 [ 📷 by @slpearsall ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #rest #ptsd #ptsdawareness #watersnob

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wethedogsdc. In order to stay sharp, Charlie and I practice tasks at home like “und

In order to stay sharp, Charlie and I practice tasks at home like “under” and “settle” so when we are in public, it’s no trouble. After all, practice makes perfect! [ 📷 by @slpearsall ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #rest #ptsd #ptsdawareness #practicemakesperfect #practice

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wethedogsdc. Charlie’s fur siblings, Pickles and Lilly aka the @lowcountrycorgis ar

Charlie’s fur siblings, Pickles and Lilly aka the @lowcountrycorgis are his best buddies. We adopted them from Edisto Corgi Rescue which is now part of the @southeastcorgirescue . All of our animals have royal titles: Prince Charlie, Queen Lilly and Lord Pickles. [ 📷 by @slpearsall & Trish Barini] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #rest #ptsd #ptsdawareness #emotionalsupport #corgi #corgisofinstagram #corgibutt #rescuecorgi #corgirescue #carolinacorgirescue

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wethedogsdc. Charlie’s an invaluable dog, so he’s been handled with great care. Tho

Charlie’s an invaluable dog, so he’s been handled with great care. Though he’s a lab, and should love the water, he had to learn to like it. As a puppy in #servicedog training, he always wore a life preserver while swimming. I’ve slowly introduced him water and always wade in with him for safety. Every @americasvetdogs cost $50k to raise and train. No veteran pays for their dog, thanks to generous donations. [ 📷 by @slpearsall ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #ptsd

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wethedogsdc. Charlie has traveled across the country with me to photograph #veteran

Charlie has traveled across the country with me to photograph #veterans for the @veterans_portrait_project - from the @wimsamemorial in #DC to the North Pole.... literally.... the #VFW in North Pole, Alaska. After my combat traumas, I was told I’d never do photography again as a profession. Look at me now! With Charlie’s support, I’m still at it! My #TBI causes major vertigo, so he helps me “brace” as I get up and down during shoots. He retrieves studio equipment and camera gear for me. When the nerve pain and shakes become too much for me to hand-hold my @nikonusa camera, Charlie acts as steady platform so I can keep shooting. Most often though, he offers emotional support to my subjects as well as me. [ 📷 by @slpearsall & Trish Barini] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #rest #ptsd #ptsdawareness #emotionalsupport #photoassistant #photographyassistant #nikonnofilter #nikonlove #nikonambassador #veteransportraitproject

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wethedogsdc. Charlie performs a task called “rest” where he places his head on my l

Charlie performs a task called “rest” where he places his head on my lap. His abundant lips and jowls pool over my legs as he relaxes heavily into my lap for some ear scratches. He loves this of course, but really it’s to help reduce my anxiety because of #PTSD - he’s also super-awesome at the command “kiss!” [ 📷 by @slpearsall ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #rest #ptsd #ptsdawareness

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Since Charlie is my mobility service animal who helps with my service-connected disabilities, he’s considered a prosthetic by the @deptvetaffairs ; therefore he’s covered by their animal health insurance. Given his service dog status, my longtime veteranarian @drcroweisin of @creeksidevetclinic provides his care pro bono. FYI, he has a mega crush on her! Have you thought about being a weekend puppy raiser? [ 📷 by @slpearsall ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #veterinarian #prostetics #VA #vahealthcare

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wethedogsdc. @americasvetdogs Charlie and I will be filming an @southcarolinaetv sh

@americasvetdogs Charlie and I will be filming an @southcarolinaetv show called “After Action” this Fall that will premiere nationwide on various @pbs channels nationwide Veterans Day 2020. Perhaps the @wethedogsdc pups will tune in and support us! [ 📷 by @slpearsall ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #afteraction #pbs #scetv #southcarolina

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wethedogsdc. @americasvetdogs Charlie and his puppy raiser @_oliviapoff reunite on

@americasvetdogs Charlie and his puppy raiser @_oliviapoff reunite on a New York City rooftop after a long separation. It’s always joy-overload when these two get back together. You can see Sunny, Olivia’s current puppy, in the background. Follow @todaypuppy to follow @guidedogfoundation Sunny on the @todayshow ////// Wanna be a weekend puppy raiser? Check out AmericasVetDogs.org to learn more 🐾❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️ #puppyraiser #servicedogtrainer [ 📷 by @lucasgilman ] #wethedogsdc #ptsdservicedog #mobilityservicedog #travelingservicedog #seizuresupportdog #americasvetdogs #dogphotography #memorialdayweekend2019 #memorialday #labradorretriever #lab #blacklab #puppyraiser #servicedogtrainer

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wethedogsdc. @americasvetdogs Charlie truly is a man-about-town. He’s been to exhib

@americasvetdogs Charlie truly is a man-about-town. He’s been to exhibition openings, concerts, book signings, lectures, tv shows, museums.... he’s the epitome of cultured. ( 🐾📷 by @slpearsall ) #MemorialDay2019 #americasvetdogs #servicedog #travelingservicedog #hearingsupportdog #seizuresupportdog #mobilityservicedog #blacklab #dogphotography #wethedogsdc #usa #atyourservice #ptsdservicedog #culture #stringquartet #livemusic

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wethedogsdc. @americasvetdogs Charlie has a new adventure every day. On our travels

@americasvetdogs Charlie has a new adventure every day. On our travels, he’s met alpacas, moose, lobsters, goats, deer, turtles and a menagerie of other wildlife! ( 🐾📷 by @slpearsall ) #MemorialDay2019 #americasvetdogs #servicedog #travelingservicedog #hearingsupportdog #seizuresupportdog #mobilityservicedog #blacklab #dogphotography #wethedogsdc #usa #atyourservice #ptsdservicedog #travel #wildlife #nature #turtle

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wethedogsdc. On days we do travel for work with the @veterans_portrait_project , @a

On days we do travel for work with the @veterans_portrait_project , @americasvetdogs Charlie is right by my side the entire time. We’ve done planes, trains and automobiles together.... and ferries too. Charlie tucks under the seat in front of me while on the plane. If we’re lucky, we get a bulkhead seat. If we’re super-lucky, we get upgraded! 🐾✈️🚃🚕🚤 ( 🐾📷 by @slpearsall ) #MemorialDay2019 #americasvetdogs #servicedog #travelingservicedog #hearingsupportdog #seizuresupportdog #mobilityservicedog #blacklab #dogphotography #wethedogsdc #usa #atyourservice #ptsdservicedog #travel #airplane #dogonaplane #stowandgo

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wethedogsdc. When we’re not on the road for work, @americasvetdogs Charlie will joi

When we’re not on the road for work, @americasvetdogs Charlie will join me for a wagon ride. He always rides shotgun, which puts him at tail-in-the-face level. He doesn’t mind though. It’s better than hanging his head out of the car window! ( 🐾📷 by @slpearsall ) #MemorialDay2019 #americasvetdogs #servicedog #travelingservicedog #hearingsupportdog #seizuresupportdog #mobilityservicedog #blacklab #dogphotography #wethedogsdc #usa #atyourservice #ptsdservicedog #horse #rideordie #horseandwagon #horses #horsesofinstagram #wagonride

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wethedogsdc. After breakfast, @americasvetdogs Charlie and I get a workout in. Some

After breakfast, @americasvetdogs Charlie and I get a workout in. Sometimes we hit the gym or attend a boxing class, but Charlie’s favorite is a countryside bike ride where he runs alongside the bike and chomps at the grass as he goes... kinda like a four-legged weed eater! 🐾🌾🚴🏼‍♀️ ( 🐾📷 by @slpearsall ) #MemorialDay2019 #americasvetdogs #servicedog #travelingservicedog #hearingsupportdog #seizuresupportdog #mobilityservicedog #blacklab #dogphotography #wethedogsdc #usa #atyourservice #ptsdservicedog #fitnessmotivation #fitness #exercise #mountainbiking

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wethedogsdc. After Charlie and his housemates @lowcountrycorgis eat, I prep breakfa

After Charlie and his housemates @lowcountrycorgis eat, I prep breakfast for the humans in the house. @americasvetdogs Charlie is always there to lend a paw in the kitchen if I need it. He opens/closes the fridge, drawers and retrieves dropped items. For someone like me who has traumatic brain injury or #tbi these tasks are most helpful. ( 🐾📷 by @slpearsall ) #MemorialDay2019 #americasvetdogs #servicedog #travelingservicedog #hearingsupportdog #seizuresupportdog #mobilityservicedog #blacklab #dogphotography #wethedogsdc #usa #atyourservice #ptsdservicedog

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