We all need a hero sometimes. Mary McNeight found hers in Jasper, a dog she adopted from the Seattle Humane Society. The eight-year-old black Lab-mix helped her gain the confidence to battle severe depression and be back to her happy life. More than that, Jasper inspired her to open her very own therapy dog company, the Service Dog Army. It boasts of more than 115 trained dogs and medical sufferers’ success stories in just a short span of time. Indeed, Mary found a hero in Jasper.
Jasper is a healthy eight-year-old black Lab-mix who has no other interest than be with Mary, his once severely depressed parent. Prior to his adoption, though, he was surrendered by his divorcing owners to the Seattle Humane Society, a Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love™ partner.
Jasper and Mary McNeight’s inspiring story
It was Mary’s last attempt to battle her spiraling condition that led to dog adoption. She was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression, and all prescriptions are not working. She attended countless therapy sessions, but that too seemed not to work. Before that trip to the Seattle Humane Society, she admitted to confining herself in the house. She recounted, at times, she would not leave her room or home for months!
She knew she needed to go out of the house more often, so adopting a dog that will require her to walk might help. Jasper was that dog. From the moment the staff brought the black Lab-mix to Mary, he wouldn’t leave her side. He just sat there, not wanting to play or even a treat. At home, when Mary gets paralyzing attacks, Jasper brings her back by licking, whimpering, or anything that will engage her. Jasper inspired her to open up the Service Dog Army, a therapy dog company of more than a decade now.
Source: Service Dog Academy via Youtube