After serving in the Air Force, retired Master Sgt. Ron Landbeck suffered for years from post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes he'd stand on his bed screaming because of night terrors and flashbacks of airplane crashes. He's even have panic attacks in large public places. But as reported in The Villages Daily Sun, all that ended when Yaz, his therapy dog, arrived.
Landbeck raises black lab puppies for a year as potential guide dogs, but Yaz didn't make the cut. So Landbeck kept him as a therapy dog, and they have a deep bond. When Landbeck is asleep and Yaz senses he's about to have a panic attack, the dog licks his face or lays across his chest. "When you have a 70 pound lab on your chest, you're going to wake up," he says. But what if Landbeck has a panic attack in a public place? Then Yaz does something to distract him. "It takes my mind off what's stressing me and makes me focus on him," he explained. Landbeck also takes Yaz to the local hospice to share his love with others. "It's just overwhelmingly wonderful," he confides. "Come on, life can't get any better."