It’s been said that dogs are “man’s best friend” and this list only proves that to be further true. Studies have shown that pets, specifically dogs, can cause a soothing sensation to anyone, and can be particularly helpful to soldiers or veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The pets can draw out withdrawn personalities, and having to praise the animals has been shown to help traumatized veterans get over emotional numbness. Teaching the dogs service commands develops a patient’s ability to communicate, to be assertive but not aggressive, a distinction that a lot of soldiers and veterans struggle with. These heartwarming photos of soldiers from different sides of different wars with various animals prove that there is good and kindness everywhere, even in the roughest people in the world.
The belief in the healing power of a dog’s tongue dates back to ancient Egypt and has continued throughout history. In modern France, they have a saying that translates to “A dog’s tongue is a doctor’s tongue.” Not to mention the smile it put on this soldier’s face.
This tired soldier and his puppy decide to take a quick nap together. Notice how the puppy lays across his chest; whether or not it’s intentional, he’s protecting the soldiers heart.
This is a puppy adopted by soldiers overseas. Although we don’t know where they are from, it must have been really hot, because apparently this little pup hid anywhere he could to escape the heat.
This French soldier is feeding a young kitten during the Vietnam war. He adopted this kitten himself and we’re sure built lots of memories with it.