Nurse Capt. Allyson Dossman poses with Basco, a military working dog, at Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan, during her 2012-2013 deployment to the Miranda Trauma Center Forward Surgical Team. Now chief of the Yellow Ribbon Psychological Health Advocacy Program for Air Force Reserve Command, Dossman said research shows that petting a dog is linked to reduced blood pressure, lowered heart rate and an increased sense of well-being. (Courtesy photo)
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"Fred Klages is alive today thanks to his pit bull Colby. Fred has type 1 diabetes and after taking too much insulin, fell asleep and slipped into a diabetic coma. Colby, a purebred American pit bull prodded him awake. If Colby hadn’t woken him up, he would have died."