Veteran Spot Light – Tyson and K9 Cully
…….MSAR has great respect for Tyson with his military service and his decision to give back to other veterans and first responders. Tyson operates V1 K9 in BC and works closely with MSAR to assists veterans and firsts responders in BC to access service dogs. Tyson also offers these services to the general public.
Tyson originally came to MSAR and CC for a service dog and he was matched with Cully. Working together they have made huge strides in Tyson’s recovery from PTSD.
“I remember the first time I met Tyson he would not go on any grass, due to his experiences with mines and improvised explosives.” George Leonard (MSAR Certified Master Dog Trainer that trained and match Tyson with Cully).
Words from Tyson
Cully is a 4 year old Australian Shepherd who was 1 of a litter of 5 that came to MSAR and he isn’t just a cute face. Cully is a Service Dog for Tyson King, a retired Canadian Armed Forces veteran who served our country for 25 years in the Reserve Infantry (N.Sask.R.), in the Regular Infantry (2PPCLI) and the RCN (West Coast). until he was medically discharged (3B) in 2016 for his PTSD. Tyson was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder while he was serving in the military and decided to find the help he needed to get through it. “I’ve already seen friends lose their lives to this, I didn’t want to go down that road, and I almost did.” – Tyson
Tyson had a pet dog that helped him during his hard times and that peaked his interest in Service Dogs. In his search he came across MSAR & Courageous Companions, organizations dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD through Service Dogs. He got in contact through Courageous Companions and was sent George’s way to be matched with a dog. There were a few options that George had available for Tyson but Cully and him matched right away and it’s been history ever since. They are an inseparable team that has overcome the obstacles of PTSD together, even the military psychologist has told him that Cully is one of the main reasons he is doing so well. Cully helps him fall asleep at night and even wakes him from night terrors, which don’t even happen regularly anymore. With the help of cognitive therapy and Cully, after only 10 months he was completely weaned off of his medications. “I still have off days but it’s nice to not have to rely on medications anymore. Even though I still had struggles with my work I saw the good that Cully did for me.” – Tyson
They have been a team for almost 3 years now and are doing great. Tyson now owns his own training facility for training Service Dogs for others and is living his life, thanks to his best friend and partner, Cully.