Dell the PTSD Service Dog

From Homeless to Hero, Dell helps a war veteran cope with PTSD from his deployments in Iraq.

Bryan + Dell

Dell, a lab mix, was wandering the streets before he found himself at a shelter in North Carolina. After a local organization identified that he had the characteristics sought for service dogs, he joined the training program with K9s for Warriors, an organization that saves shelter dogs, trains them for service and pairs them with veterans in need.

"In 2015, Dell became a “battle buddy” for Bryan Foltz, a war veteran deployed to Iraq twice, the first when he was just 18 years old. "

Involved in a traumatic accident, he battled PTSD and was on 18 different medications. After being honorably discharged in 2006, Bryan felt lost.

But that all quickly changed after Dell entered his life. With his new dog by his side, Bryan quickly regained hope and confidence, helping him to overcome fears that had left him debilitated for the last 10 years.

Because of Dell, Bryan has a new sense of freedom. “It is very strange how Dell helps with confidence to enter a situation,” said Bryan. “He allows me to focus on something besides my fears. I enjoy being able to go out and be part of the community again.”