Nicknamed “medicine on four legs,” highly-trained service dogs are helping military veterans overcome the mental scars of war.
Retired veteran James Hayes served three tours overseas; two in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, before he was wounded.
With the assistance of Dogs4Warriors, a nonprofit that trains and matches service dogs to wounded veterans, Barrett, Hayes’ service dog, has been his antidote through post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
“I was on a waiting list for a long time to get a service dog, and when I received Barrett, he destroyed every single toy in the house,” Hayes explained. So instead of spending $20 each week on new toys, Hayes created the “Barrett Ball,” under his new company Barrett Ball LLC.
Hayes describes the dog ball as a “five-inch, two-pound solid rubber dog ball, [which is] virtually indestructible.”
Barrett, among many other dogs, have shown the Barrett Ball is perfect for biting, training, and playing fetch.
Proceeds collected will not only benefit Hayes’s family, but he says Ethical Products, a company that provides products for dogs and cats is donating 100 percent of its Barrett Ball profits to Dogs4Warriors, to help other wounded veterans get matched with their new best friend.
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