For Mark from Berkshire, a black and white collie/spaniel called 'Mya' is more than his best friend. The 2-year-old assistance dog, trained by VETERANS WITH DOGS, brought Mark back from the brink of suicide.
Mark was interviewed by BBC News South about his story and how Mya saved him from taking his own life.
Mark has pledged to help Veterans With Dogs, with his biggest challenge coming up in June: “I will tell the crowds at Hurst Show and Country Fayre, held on 25th - 26th June, how the charity has changed, and saved, my life.
“It can be a real struggle to be in a crowded place. But I will have Mya with me at the show. She senses if I am tense or nervous: her company and a lick on my hand gives me confidence and courage.”
Mark and Mya are an amazing team and we are extremely proud of the hard work they have both put in to becoming qualified and of the fantastic partnership they share. Mark is a superb ambassador of just what can be achieved through our PALS programme.