This story is a look back to August 2016 when the worst mass shooting by a single person was carried out against the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It sent waves of shock across the country. During that time, when 49 lives were ended and hundreds of families were impacted, the call went out and therapy dogs from across the country came to Orlando to provide a comfort and a warm touch while the healing began.
Dogs from 5 States were present at the vigil and in hospital rooms to offer support.
Read the full article from US Weekly Magazine
Browsing Kickstarter today, I found this project and immediately backed it. The filmmakers from Titan Throw Multimedia are teaming up with Top Tier Dog Training and the non-profit foundation Tier Garden Inc. to produce a film called: Top Tier American Heroes and the Dogs Who Love Them.
This movie will follow the dogs and their handlers through their Affiliative Training (PDF) program. Affiliative Dog Training focuses on building the bond between the disabled handler and the Service Dog in Training using positive reinforcement. Along the way, we will learn about the veterans who will benefit from the pairing with the dogs.
The preview, you can watch though the link here, shows veterans going through a wide range of issues including mobility, and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
It is a wonderful project which I hope is produced and widely distributed which will help provide support to the thousands of veterans who served our country.
Proposed release date is June 29, 2017 if funding is reached.
Heading Image Credit: Steyr and Stryker with their handlers Kelvin and Shawn from https://www.kickstarter.com
City: Kings Heath, United Kingdom
Category: Police Working Dog
Deed: Chased and Apprehended Burglar
More Reading: http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest-news/news.aspx?id=4435
Jack kept into action, chasing a burglary suspect from his abandoned car, through a housing development and alleyways for 45 minutes. He sustained injuries to his foot during the pursuit. Despite the length of the incident and his injury, Jack and PC Marsh were able to apprehend their suspect.
City: Mansfield, Ohio
Breed: Italian mastiff/Rottweiler
Category: Psychiatric Service Dog
Deed: Relieves PTSD symptoms
More Reading: http://ow.ly/3yVkRD
Apollo is the second service dog for this veteran. Apollo allows her handler to leave the home, go to the store, become more social and less fearful when she is alone; all of which are triggers for PTSD episodes. While the Veterans Administration doesn’t formally recognize service dogs as part of a treatment regimen, Apollo and her veteran are examples of how these dogs can help alleviate symptoms. They are bringing awareness to the issue and improving the quality of life for veterans and, in many cases, helping save their lives.
City: Jackson County, Mississippi
Category: Household Hero
Deed: Drug detection, starting investigation
More Reading: http://ow.ly/3zutzv
Miley was let outside for a period of relief when she ran off, and returned with a pound of marijuana. Police took up the case and have started an investigation. Miley received a special certificate from the police department.
City: Marseille, France
Breed: Belgian Shepherd
Category: Police Dog
Deed: Drug detection, record drug bust
More Reading: http://ow.ly/3ztIWz
Choc assisted French policemen in finding a record drug bust with a street value of approximately $8.4 million. The haul consisted of cannabis, cocaine, cash and drugs. He was given a medal and ribbon at the press conference.