Service Dogs 4 Servicemen

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Daniel De La Rosa has been training his 4 year old greyhound Hero to help those with physical disabilities.

After a career in racing, Hero is spending his retirement making the world a better place. He is preparing for placement with nonprofit Service Dogs 4 Servicemen.

“This organization was started by Sarah Donna Day Blood and I am the vice president,” said De La Rose. “She was inspired by her grandfather, who was a veteran himself, and he had a couple of service dogs.”

Service Dogs 4 Servicemen’s mission is to place fully trained service dogs with US Military Veterans in need. The dogs in the program are from various rescue agencies, as well as a few selectively bred puppies. Veterans are selected through an application process and matched with the appropriate dog.

Service Dogs 4 Servicemen is now accepting applications to match Hero with a veteran. Visit their website for more details.

2 thoughts on “Service Dogs 4 Servicemen”

  1. While I applaud the intentions of this program, I wish this program took the chance to study a little bit of dog anatomy prior to training dogs for mobility work. No breed of dog (especially a greyhound) is able to take that amount of weight on its body, as demonstrated by the trainer, by pushing on the shoulders AND the BACK area of a dog. Bracing should be done up by the shoulders. period. No weight is to be applied behind the shoulder area. Hero looks like a very tolerant dog, which might make him a decent service dog candidate. However, NOT a mobility dog for someone that needs bracework. I really hope Servicedogs 4 Servicemen reconsiders placing this dog with someone with severe mobility impairments. Hero is just not made for that type of work.

    While the program is waiting to find him a ‘match,’ I hope Service Dogs 4 Servicemen will train Hero to do tasks for his future disabled handler. I wouldn’t be suprised if Hero naturally stands still for his ‘bracing.’ Therefore, Hero would not meet the legal definition of a “Service Dog,” as per the ADA (federal law). Hero needs to be TRAINED to do tasks to meet the needs of his future handler.

    Good luck to Hero.

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