Service dogs “lifesavers” for veterans

elaine | November 9, 2012

Service Dogs can be life saving to our veterans,but shrinking federal budgets and the sheer number of injured service members are overwhelming government programs, so there just aren’t enough service dogs to go around.
Colorado organization, Freedom Service Dogs(FSD) continues to rescue shelter dogs, custom train them and then provide them to returning veterans at no [...]

New Army policy could make it difficult to get service dogs

elaine | June 6, 2012

By Rebecca Ruiz(MSNBC)
One day this spring, Army Specialist David Bandrowsky, 27, played Russian roulette with his .38 revolver.
Bandrowsky planned to end his life, which had been at turns unbearable since he returned from a 16-month deployment in Iraq in 2008. He had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury and depression as [...]

Therapy dog used in court raised legal questions

elaine | August 8, 2011

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.(New York Times) — Rosie, the first judicially approved courtroom dog in New York, was in the witness box here nuzzling a 15-year-old girl who was testifying that her father had raped and impregnated her. Rosie sat by the teenager’s feet. At particularly bad moments, she leaned in.
When the trial ended in June with [...]

Air Force dogs honored in ceremony at Peterson A.F.B.

elaine | June 9, 2010

Reported by Andy Koen/News First 5
In the past decade, Air Force service dogs Wodan and Chaky have guarded presidents, sniffed out bombs in Iraq and been shining examples of what working military dogs can be.

The two Belgian Malinois were recognized for their many years of service to the country Tuesday at Peterson Air Force Base.
Wodan [...]

Give a disabled vet the freedom they have given you

elaine | November 11, 2009

 
This Veteran’s Day you can help disabled vet and give an unwanted dog a second chance.  Freedom Service Dogs based right here in Colorado was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to help disabled people get trained service dogs.  Since then Freedom Service Dogs has become one of the leading service dog training [...]