John and Zakk

John and Zakk

John was medically retired from the US Army. Coming home and adjusting to civilian life proved difficult for John and he started having difficulty with depression and severe anxiety. As John struggled to adjust he sought out support and with the help of his wife, Lindsey, they found DHH. Around the time that John was connected to DHH, Zakk was found lost in Oldham county. Tier Haven rescued Zakk and eventually sent him to Duffy’s and Dogs Helping Heroes to begin his Journey as a Service Dog. After finalizing Zakk’s training at Duffy’s, John and Zakk met and formed an instant friendship, a bond that was evident. Zakk and John complement each other as they are both goofy, and fun loving. This friendship has helped John tremendously, Zakk helps him better manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression making him able to enjoy friends, family and life in general. John is no longer defined by his anxiety and being uptight, upset, and aggressive is no longer a daily struggle. With Zakk, John is back to feeling more like himself by being full of life and love, and able to extend his energy to helping others.