By: LizBeth DeGroote
It was a rainy day in August, and Chris was struggling. He had just gotten home from the Marines in June of 2001, and was having some problems. Chris had lost one of his high school buddies in the Marines, after they had gotten ambushed by the other side. He couldn’t get the idea of the war out of his mind. He was always thinking about the war. He went to a therapist but it just didn’t seem to help. It wasn’t until in July 18th, 2001 that something hit Chris like a freight train. Chris was dealing with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Chris always knew that he would have flashbacks about the war, but he didn’t realize how bad it had gotten.
That day in August was the worst. Chris had just went outside of the local grocery store, that him and his wife went to. When all of the sudden he started having flashbacks again about the Marines, and from that day that they had gotten ambushed and his friend,was killed. Chris heard a gunshot in the distance, from what, no one knew; however when Chris heard that shot, he went crazy. He thought that they had sent him back into the war, and that he was getting ambushed again, and that he would never be able to escape from all of the noises of the gunshots, and all the screaming. Chris started to attack others around him, he thought that they were trying to harm him. The police then showed up, and got Chris under control. He didn’t end up hurting anyone, so no one pressed any charges against him. Him and his wife then went to the car, and started heading home. Chris’s wife was worried about Chris, and didn’t know what to do. That was until a light bulb went off in her head, she had hear about how certain animals can help relieve stress for people. She always knew that Chris loved dogs, he always talked about how he always enjoyed any animal when he was little.She thought that maybe if she would get him a dog, maybe it would help relieve some of the stress for Chris.
A few days later, Chris’s wife told Chris that she had a surprise for him. There was a box sitting on the counter and he had know idea what his wife did now. He walked up to the box, and heard something moving around inside of it. He opened it up, and there was a cute female yellow lab puppy, with brown eyes. Chris immediately fell in love with her. Even though Chris liked the puppy, his wife wondered if it would really help him. Within the next couple of days, Chris was doing a lot better. His wife noticed that ever since she got the puppy, and it slept by the side of there bed, Chris wouldn’t wake up from nightmares like he used to. He was also going out in public with the dog, and people didn’t seem to make him as nervous as they used to. Chris hadn’t had another outbreak from noises that he had heard, all because the dog made Chris feel safe, and that Chris had made a new best friend.
The puppy then grew, and Chris was able to take her wherever he wanted to. He took the dog for obedience classes, and even took her shopping with him. The puppy changed Chris forever, and he would never forget that he had a new best friend that loved him, and made Chris feel safe, and comfortable wherever he went. The new dog had helped Chris with his stress, the dog was the best thing that had ever happened to Chris.
Ms.Backstrom's class has been working on creative writing pieces based around 'big question' research. Take a look at what they've come up with!