"Since bringing Koda home, I have successfully gone off my medication and feel more present and happier than I have been in a long time."
Koda is my special boy because he's always smiling and such a little donut. Even when he clumsily falls off of our couch, he is still smiling. He is proving to be smart and observant. He will sit looking out of our apartment window, observing the world and the activities of our San Francisco neighborhood. Although he is still quite young, he has already brought so much love into my life and smiles to others' faces.
I have struggled with depression for the last few years and while therapy and medication helped, I wasn't fully myself. Since bringing Koda home, I have successfully gone off my medication and feel more present and happier than I have been in a long time. He is teaching me responsibility, keeping me active outdoors, and helping me to not be afraid of acting silly because he will just join right in with a smile and and a wiggling butt. Watching his butt wiggle and his endless joy, immediately brighten my day when I come home from a long and/or stressful day."
- Marin Shepardson, Puppy Mama in San Francisco, CA