Gosdin doesn't like to describe the details of what caused her daughter to receive a PTSD diagnosis earlier this year. She says that Naomi stopped participating in activities she previously loved, like kayaking and surfing. She became isolated.
"Naomi felt lonely and closed off inside. She had trouble expressing her feelings and felt fearful, judged and pushed around by many," Gosdin said. "She was extremely insecure and it started to affect every aspect of her life."
Naomi has always felt a special kinship with animals, and the family looked into whether a specially-trained service dog could join their household — which already included two other dogs, a cat and a snake.
But the cost for an already-trained dog was prohibitive, running to tens of thousands of dollars. Kaiser, who is a dear family friend, knew that she could train a shelter dog for virtually no money — and with just as good results.
"It is one of the favorite parts in my line of work as a professional dog trainer, to find a rescue service dog for someone and train them with the person together," Kaiser said.