It seems humans are not the only ones who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In a moving post on Facebook, the popular blog Humans of New York shared a photo of a dog owner holding his petite pooch. In addition to the photo, the man explains that his dog suffers from PTSD due to her time spent in a high-kill shelter.
“She’s terrified of the outside world,” he said, in part. “When I first brought her home, she wouldn’t even leave her carrier for the first three days.”
Luckily, the dog is becoming less fearful of the outside world, thanks to her doting owner.
“It’s so great to see her enjoy the outdoors,” he said. “The happiness may only stick for a few moments at a time, but it’s so great to see.”
This story is an important reminder that we all have emotional baggage and even dogs — one of the happiest and most carefree creatures on Earth — may sometimes have trouble letting go of the past.
The post has already garnered more than 450,000 likes and 25,000 shares. Dog owners are even openly sharing stories of their dogs who they say also suffer from PTSD.
Some of the comments are even written from the dog’s perspective:
“We know how scary the big wide world can be. We think you are so brave! Sometimes we get scared, too. When I first came home, I thought my best chance of not going back to the shelter was to make my mark in the middle of the bed… Us doggies know how it is! You are so lucky to have such a good human. We wish you lots of happy and brave days ahead!” — Love, Simey (and sister Suthie).
“I was a stray in a rural area. My tummy hurt most of the time. Then a big truck found me and put me in a cage. Right before I was going to be put to sleep (I’m not sure what that means, but I love naps) a nice lady came and took me to another nice lady with a nice man and nice kids. This nice lady brushes me and feeds me all the time. I play with the pack. They all like me…except for the cats.
The cats sleep in my beds.
I’m glad that you found good people with lots of food.
And hopefully no cats.”
The concept of canine PTSD is still relatively new, so hopefully this post will help keep the conversation going. These dog deserve that much.