PTSD was killing me – but this dog saved my life

BBC Scotland. May 3 2018. Paul & Irma


Kaye Adams show Radio 4. Interview with Veteran Paul Wilkie


A BRAVE hound helps former bomb disposal expert Paul Wilkie fight the horrific PTSD flashbacks he suffers every night.

An accident triggered the invisible wounds after 22 years’ distinguished service saw him witness the worst horrors of war: children killed playing with mines during the Balkans conflict.
Every night the horrors haunt him but now he has a black-and-white spaniel called Irma to ease his anguish.
Adorable Irma was the first dog handed over by Scottish-based charity BRAVEHOUND, which provides canine companions to those who have given so much for our country.

Mr Wilkie said: “I have flashbacks, I used to wake up shaking and alone, but now Irma wakes me out of the nightmares, licking my face, but she takes it all away.”

Paul & Irma were awarded “Caring Animal of the Year” by the RSPCA and Trinity Mirror in the Hero Animal Awards 2017.