The Citadel Canine Society is a non-profit organization that finds rescue shelter dogs, and trains them as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) companions. The mission of the charity is to make the lives of our veterans and first responders better, by aiming to reduce the stress that might have resulted from their service. Since January 2013, Citadel Canine has been matching qualified dogs with Canadian heroes across our country.
Veteran James Lajoie suffered from the occupational stress of PTSD after returning home from his service in Afghanistan. With the help of MEG Energy and the Citadel Canine Society, Lajoie found his loyal, four-legged companion.
Annie is a friendly, energetic Ackbash female who was adopted from the Saskatoon SPCA and trained to be a fully-certified service dog. For a service dog, it takes about six months of training with a network of skilled and qualified dog trainers to recognize the onset of PTSD symptoms, like stress and elevated heart rate. MEG’s donations continue to support the programs various levels of training, so that dogs like Annie can go to veterans in need.
MEG is proud to have played a part in this inseparable match. The pair is currently enjoying life in Edmonton where Lajoie is a serving member with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse, an Armoured Regiment within the Canadian Forces. Annie continues to help her owner integrate back into society while enjoying a new “leash” on life.