Heroes and Their Dogs

Pawsitive Partnership – Veteran Colby Haupfear with Service dog “Mazz”

Pawsitive Partnership – Veteran Lisa McDonald with Service dog “Dexter”

Pawsitive Partnership – Veteran Drew Leathery with Service dog “Mattie”

Pawstive Partnership – Veteran Elmer Rivera with Service dog “Swede”

Pawsitive Partnership – Veteran Leon Weisenburg with Service dog “Irwin”

Pawsitive Partnership – Veteran Ronald Moore with Service dog “Hale”

Pawsitive Partnership – Veteran Ralph Johnson with Service dog “Luna”

Pawsitive Partnership – Veteran Richard Vega with Service dog “Willie”

Pawsitive Partnership – Veteran Kelly Smith with Service dog “Cook”

Pawsitive Partnership – Veteran Louis Hernandez with Service dog “Sandy”

This is USMC Sergeant E5 Jonathan S. with Service Dog “Alex”

Funding provided by Vets Helping Heroes, Training provided by Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs. “The bond that Service Dog Alan and Veteran Jonathan have is unlike any they have seen at Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs in Naples, FL.  Service Dog Alex has intense focus.  His emotional intelligence is so strong that he is able to alert…

U.S. MST3 E4 Homeland Security Mary Burgoon and Service Dog “Mel”

U.S. ENS-01 Carlos Orozco and Service Dog “Patten” in honor of The Patten Family Foundation

Service Dog In Training “Jack” in honor of Leslie L. Alexander Foundation

U.S. Army Enrique J. and Service Dog “Lilo”

U.S. Army Gordon A. and Service Dog “Cubby”

U.S. Army Special Forces Randy Nance and Service Dog “Eleanor”

U.S. Army Chris G. and Service Dog “Blaze”

U.S. MC-11 Matthew Arace and Service Dog “Katz”

U.S. Army/RA Joseph Gregory and Service Dog “Pearson”

U.S. Navy Alberto O’Neil and Service Dog “Murray”

U.S. Army Elmer Rivera and Service Dog “Swede”

U.S.Army Veteran Bob Waggoner with Guide Dog “Summit”

U.S. Air Force Sgt. Ron Moore with his Service Dog “Hale”

U.S. Marine Purple Heart Recipient Keith Shampaner with Service Dog “Goose”

Eulogy of Jack Bower

Service Dog “Jackie” named in honor of WWII Veteran Jack Bower Click Here to ready the Eulogy of Jack Bower

Cadet George Proudly Wearing his Vest for the First Time

Cadet George Proudly Wearing his Vest for the First Time

Service Dog “Katz” and U.S. Marine Matthew Arace

Service Dog “Pearson” and U.S. Army Veteran Joseph Gregory

Arrival of Golden PAWS Puppy Cadet “George”

George’s Cadet training has begun and he is on his way to being a best friend and life changer for a Veteran hero.  

Service Dog Morgen at Golden PAWS Graduation

Service Dog Morgen Graduation photo.  Morgen was trained at Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs and funds for training are provided by Vets Helping Heroes.

Golden PAWS Cadet Brady on his 1st Birthday

New photos of “Cadet Brady” on his 1st birthday.  Brady is In Service Dog training at Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs and funds for training are provided by Vets Helping Heroes.

Pawsitive Action Foundation Future Service Dog Puppy Murray

Puppy “Murray” currently in training at Pawsitive Action Foundation funds for training provided by Vets Helping Heroes for disabled Veteran at no cost to the Veteran.

Pawsitive Action Foundation Veteran Rodger and Service Dog Tuca

From Rodger and Tuca. Thank you and VHH for making these moments happen. Trained at Pawsitive Action Foundation funds provided by Vets Helping Heroes at no cost to the Veteran.

Pawsitive Action Foundation Veteran Robert and Service Dog Gluff

Picture us of VHH sponsored team Robert and Service Dog Gluff. They received their Canine Good Citizenship and Advanced CGC certifications today. Trained at Pawsitive Action Foundation funds provided by Vets Helping Heroes at no cost to The Veteran.

Shawna Taylor & Service Dog Annie

Navy veteran and former hospital corpsman Shawna Taylor says that her physical challenges and posttraumatic stress disorder aren’t always visible to others. Living with the effects of fibromyalgia, this young mother of two and full-time college student knew she needed extra help.

Tom Olszewski & Service Dog Sal

Tom Olszewski enjoyed his military career. He first enlisted in the Navy, where he spent two years on active duty including a 1968 tour in Vietnam. He served in the Army Reserve for 19 years, retiring as a first sergeant in the infantry with 21 years of combined service.

Art Pina & Service Dog Mr. Bob

Art Pina entered the Army when he was just 17 and spent two years in Vietnam. After his first deployment, he was assigned the somber duty of funeral detail at Fort George Meade. “After a few months, I asked to return to Vietnam,” he says, and the Army gave him orders back to Vietnam as…

Edwin Franco and Service Dog Nancy

Air Force veteran of over 14 years, Ed Franco served as an air and ground intelligence officer and was deployed to the Middle East, Central America, Africa, Central Asia, and South America. His job entailed human intelligence collection and analyzing data from external threats. This Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate and board member started learning aircraft mechanics at age 13…

Parker and Silas

Parker is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who has been diagnosed with PTS and depression. He is graduating from FSD’s Operation Full Circle program with service dog Silas, a pointer mix who has been trained to provide pressure during sleep, interrupt stress response while in traffic by resting his head on Parker’s shoulder, and more.

Cory and Opus

Cory & Opus Cory, a U.S. Army veteran, was injured in a blast while serving overseas. He returned home with traumatic brain injury and PTS, including symptoms of anxiety, paranoia, and hypervigilance. Cory is graduating from Operation Full Circle with Opus, a black Labrador retriever who is trained to create a barrier around Cory in…

Tim Bedford and Facility Therapy Dog Irwin

Puppy Irwin is at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, where Puppy Irwin visits the outpatient center, and also accompanies his handler on daily inpatient rounds including visits to veterans in their Military Resilience Program.  This program provides inpatient treatment for active, reserve and National Guard service members living with the effect of injuries from combat action,…

Brad Walker and Galaxy

Brad Walker and Galaxy

Teri Tope and Spencer

Teri Tope and Spencer

Robert Simich and Obie

Robert Simich and Obie

Norman J. Burgess & Benning

Norman J. Burgess & Benning

Norman J. Burgess & Benning is a 67-year-old Army Veteran suffering from combat-related PTSD due to the time he spent in Vietnam. After he had been out of the workforce for some time, his PTSD symptoms started to increase, at which time he sought help from the Veterans Administration. In addition to the PTSD, this…

Louijoel O. and Brooklyn

Louijoel O. and Brooklyn is another veteran that will be attending our June Team Training. He is a 36-year-old from Central Florida. He suffers from PTSD/TBI and has major anxiety and depression. He has a hard time trusting people and feels the companionship from someone who does not discriminate or judge over his disability would…

Ryan and Slate

Ryan & Slate

U.S. Navy veteran, Ryan Holman, suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving as a Corpsman with 1st Tank Battalion (USMC) in Iraq and has been diagnosed with PTS. Ryan, who works as Freedom Service Dog’s Volunteer Manager, graduated from FSD’s Operation Full Circle with Slate in June, 2019. Slate helps Ryan stay calm in stressful…

David Johnson

David Johnson & Guide Dog Loge

Tom and Norwin

Tom & Norwin

Tom is a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq. He was matched with Norwin, a black Labrador retriever, through FSD’s Operation Full Circle program. Norwin assists Tom in public so that he can go more places with his children, and he also helps Tom sleep better by nudging him awake from the…

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