"My name is Lara Cochran, and for several years I have been struggling with mental illness. After the recent death of several loved ones in quick succession, including the sudden passing of my first dog, Rags, my constant companion, I became unable to perform most day to day actions, including being a full time college student. Although I have only had my service dog Merlin a few months, he has changed my life dramatically. I can spend time with friends, and go out in public for some amount of time without becoming extremely fatigued. The Glad Wags training program has been a blessing that could not have come at a better time. The chance I have been given by this wonderful program has allowed me to turn my life around when it seemed almost impossible."