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There Is Hope (continued) Understandably, Morgan found it


difficult not sharing Foley with his family at first. “In the beginning, Foley and I


were pretty much connected by a leash all of the time,” said Morgan. “No one was interacting with Foley except me. That felt strange and I wondered what the pack dynamics were going to be like at the end of the training.” “Jonathan and Jaime were respect-


ful that Foley had a job to do,” added Amber. “And Morgan was good at gradually bringing the boys into the relationship.”


that you have issues that you weren’t able to handle,” said Amber. “We were able to keep this to ourselves before Foley. And now, with Foley, it was like we were making an announcement for all the world to see.” The exposure, however, brought


Amber a sense of relief. For Morgan, initially, it was a little bit of a shock. “Going out with a service dog is


very different, at first,” said Morgan. “The SEGD trainers were very good at helping me acclimate to that newness. But, let’s face it. I went from somebody who thought he was invisible to walk-


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Foley was a gift to the Watt family. “He’s a priceless gift for sure,” said Amber. “We’re incredibly thankful for the donors that make service dogs available to people like Morgan who need them.”


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Morgan’s initial concerns about his family's dynamics disappeared. “Foley is such a good dog,” said


Morgan. “He doesn’t take away from anything and actually bridges the emo- tional positive feelings between us. Over time, he has connected us more through his attitude just by being around us.” “He’s always in a good mood and


super happy,” added Jonathan. The decision to apply for a service


dog, and ultimately welcome Foley home, did something else. It took a very private issue the family was dealing with and suddenly made it very public. “When you show up with a service dog of your own, you’re announcing


46 THE NEW BARKER


ing into a room with a dog. Suddenly, everyone wants to talk to you. And, I wasn’t really in that social mindset of wanting to talk to anybody.” Dogs have magical powers though.


Foley eventually helped Morgan open up to the point where he now feels more comfortable engaging with people. “There is an educational compo-


nent, not often passed along when someone receives a diagnosis of PTSD,” said Morgan. “You just get this diagno- sis, go home and start Googling PTSD symptoms. Everyone is just trying to figure it all out.” In some of his conversations with


people contemplating a service dog, Morgan talks about developing a narrative for that person’s next chapter in life.


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