We hear the stories all of the time about how animals save their guardians. Cheyenne is one special pit bull puppy, however. She literally stopped her guardian from pulling the trigger when he had his gun in his mouth, ready to kill himself.
David Sharpe served in both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He actually survived two near-death encounters in addition to the “regular” intense encounters that our men and women in uniform have to endure.
After coming home, Sharpe was despondent. He saw no answers to the demons that were shouting in his mind after what he’d seen during the war. He felt that his only answer was to kill himself. So, he put his gun in his mouth with the intention of doing just that.
But, Cheyenne, showing the love and devotion of her breed, wasn’t going to allow it. She walked up behind him and licked his ear. That one single act made Sharpe think twice about what he was going to do. In an interview with CBS News, he is quoted as saying:
“She came up behind me and she licked my ear 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’.”
It’s that indescribable bond between humans and animals that kicked into high gear and saved Sharpe’s life.
Sharpe decided that he wanted to do more for other veterans who are dealing with similar anguish, so he started Pets2Vets. This organization matches veterans with animals, both dogs and cats, to give them the companionship and that special bond that is so very healing as it was for Sharpe.
Besides helping save the veterans, it also saves the animals’ lives as well, since they come from a shelter in Washington DC. By rescuing animals who might otherwise lose their lives because of there not being enough homes, both humans and animals find salvation.
Our returning veterans have so much to deal with. Coming back from a war zone and literally overnight being thrown back into what is expected to be a day-to-day routine is very hard for these young men and women, who have experienced some of the worst of humankind. They have spent their time overseas serving our country in situations where they are constantly in fear for their lives.
Living on the edge of a razor blade like that takes a huge toll on these valiant young people. The stories of suicide since the turmoil in the Middle East began have grown substantially. It’s wonderful to know that there is hope to replace the feeling of hopelessness, saving lives all the way around. If you know of a veteran who might benefit from the Vets2Pets program, please provide them with the information included in the link given below.
Sharpe and his pit bull Cheyenne are teaching the world about that special, undeniable bond that exists between humans and animals. Clearly the world is a better place because Sharpe and Cheyenne are in it.
Bless all of the hearts who care about the animals.
Click here for the Vets2Pets website.
Full story at CBS News.
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