STEPHEN SIMMONS IS A WAR VETERAN who is fighting PTSD by practising “adventure therapy” — healing by hiking one’s way out of stress and anxiety.

But Stephen is not alone on his outdoor explorations. In 2004, on a mountaintop, he found Puppi, the dog who always accompanies him on his hikes. Later on he adopted Burma, the cat who now joins them on their adventures in the wilderness.

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Hiking with your dog is not uncommon, but going on hikes with your cat through rugged, challenging mountains, rivers, and alpine lakes is not conventional. Nevertheless, Burma seems to enjoy every aspect of it, even when it gets his paws wet.

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In an inteview with Purina, Simmons explains that his pets help with the healing process because of their capacity for empathy. He adds: “They just fill my day with laughter and funny things, happy things.”

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Simmons and his friend Lydia Davey started a Kickstarter campaign and raised more than $14,000. With the money collected, they published a picture book called, “The Adventures of Puppi & Burma“.

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Simmons hopes that his story and his pictures will inspire others suffering with PTSD.

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For more about Stephen, Puppi, and Burma’s adventures, follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

H/t: The Dodo.