Today was the first class of the new training cycle so we had a bunch of new dogs and owners. It is also the class where I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the newest Service Dog Team to benefit from Rick and Heather's training. It is always a happy time when another team joins the program, but this particular team is extremely special. To learn more about this team and the wonderful organization that they have been instrumental in implementing take a few moments and visit Paws and Stripes.
This is a wonderful new organization! It is dedicated to pairing Rescue Dogs and returning Veterans with various disabilities and impairments that are a result of their service to the United States. It then provides for the training of both the four- and two-legged members of that pair until they become a strong Service Dog/Companion Partnership. Regardless of your position on the military activities of this country, these men and women deserve an opportunity to re-enter society. As the website says; "Paws and Stripes strives to bring peace and normalcy to the lives of our nation's heroes and see that homeless dogs not only find a loving home, but a new purpose in life."
This may be a shameless plug, but who cares! Take a look at this great organization. If you have a Disabled Veteran in your family or if you know of someone who does, PLEASE tell them about Paws and Stripes. It may be the best thing that you ever do for them and will be a wonderful way of thanking them for everything that they have sacrificed for their country and its citizens. The cause is awesome and the trainers they are using are fabulous (but then, I admit, I am just a little biased on that front)!