Stress, fear, nervousness, anxiety, depression, and nightmares are a few sensations a person will experience when they have encountered physical trauma, psychological trauma, or emotional trauma.
The trauma could have been a result of living through war, a disaster, forms of assault, accidents, or witnessing such events. When individuals experience traumatic events, they withdraw, in many cases, into a deep depression that can develop into PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Why talk of trauma?
I want you to imagine the fear that traumatic events have on an individual when I share this story of Hatty, a black Labrador Retriever.
Innocent individuals live in fear most of the time. Their anxiety and depression run so deep from their traumatic event, they are haunted by it, they lose sleep, have nightmares, withdraw from people and relive the event fearing the people involved in the traumatic episode.
To aid and support persons of traumatic events, the medical society occasionally assigns Emotional Support Therapy dogs (ESD) to assist individuals through essential daily events.
The legal system in the Chicago, Cook County state attorney office recognized the importance of using an ESD to offer emotional support to injured victims. The special ESD Cook County acquired is a black Labrador Retriever named Hatty.
Hatty reflects genuine love and cares for the individual’s she services. Hatty’s responsibilities include staying close to victims, standing, and sitting close to them, often nudging the victims for attention to distract them from any anxiety and fear.
Hatty’s clients are typically children who have experienced some form of abuse, and their reason for being in the courtroom is because they are expected to face their aggressor or attacker in court.
Children’s fear of facing their assailant is real and deep, and if not for Hatty, they would probably withdraw, shut down, and not be able to testify of their experience.
Having witnesses relaxed to testify and convict perpetrators is a credit to Hatty and her profession as an Emotional Support Dog.
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Source: Youtube | ABC 7 Chicago