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Warrior The Service Dog

on Tuesday, 12 November 2013. Posted in German Shepherds, Service Dogs

We are going to tell you a story....a beautiful story about Warrior the Service Dog and his young charge Josh who is 15.  Warrior has been trained as a seeing eye dog for Josh who is fighting a brain tumor which has compromised his eye sight.

 

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GatorlandK9 brought Josh and Warrior together when Warrior was a puppy. 

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When our German Shepherd Puppy was old enough for Service Training He went back to Gatorlandk9 for Service Dog Training with Owner Ted Hoppe.

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Here is a GREAT Video of Warrior During a Training Session

Click here HERE >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa8djvV5cO0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

After completing his Service Dog Training He went home to live with Josh and his family.  

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 We are so pleased to say that Warrior and Josh are both working well together.  Recently Josh took Warrior to a Boy Scout event!

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Here is an update from Josh's Mother Sarah yesterday.

Warrior took a tour of Joshua's High School today. He did so wonderful and his behavior was top notch.  Everyone just loved him and can't wait for him to be a "Full-Time Student". He's going to have his picture in the year book right next to Joshua's! How exciting is that?  I'm so proud of him and it's all due to

Ted  Hoppe at GatorlandK9.  Sarah Hepler

Click here if you want to visit Warrior's Facebook page >https://www.facebook.com/pages/Warrior-A-Service-Dog/475422392512417

Click here if you want to visit GatorlandK9's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ServiceProtectionDogs

Author: Jill Pavel

Another Veterans has a Service Dog!

on Sunday, 19 January 2014. Posted in Veterans with PTSD

The Adventures of Josh and Hero!

Another day, Another week at GatorlandK9.   

After months of helping Veteran Josh Schutt raise funding to train and acquire his service do we are pleased to share that he has brought home "HERO" after being certified this past Friday January 17th.  

Veterans who live with PTSD need our help to continue to raise awareness of how a Service Dog can change their life for the better.  With Hero by his side we hope Josh Schutt's quality of life will improve each day as it has before for our other Veterans and their service dogs.

We are going to let these pictures tell the story of Josh and Hero's new life together.

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Josh contacted GatorlandK9 and asked for their help. He and his wife Kirstie Jo were newly married and ready to start their new life together.  Josh was having a difficult time with his PTSD and after researching Service Dogs he contacted our organization.

Josh is a US Army Veteran living with PTSD & he wanted to acquire one of our German Shepherd service dogs.  Josh was connected with our Veteran Program Director Jill Pavel, who helped Josh raise funding through press, media, events and online fundraising platforms. Josh also hit the street running advocating for himself and asking his community and home town to help him raise funding. 

In five months we had raised $ 20,000.00 for this mission to move into it's next phase which was to bring Josh down to GatorlandK9 in Florida, meet his new service dog HERO and complete handler training so he and Hero could become certified.  

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We had parades, bike runs, auctions and more!

Without the help of many this would not be possible.  GatorlandK9 is working to put service dogs into the hands of as many Veterans as possible, we cannot do it alone!  Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts.

Meet Hero who was our October 2013 Dog of the Month.

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 Josh and Hero Bonding for the first time

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Off to work we go!! 

 Author: Jill Pavel

GatorlandK9 Famous Dog Contest!!

on Thursday, 06 February 2014.

GatorlandK9 Launches social media contest.  Our service dog handlers submitted their favorite photos of their service dogs.  Friends and Followers will vote for their favorite dog, Contest ends on February 11th, our winners will be announced in our February 15th newsletter.

There will be several winners receiving "Heart Songs For Veterans" T-shirts and mugs.

GATORLAND CONTEST

Thank you to all of our friends and handlers who submitted photographs of their favorite GatorlandK9 Service Protection Dogs, German Shepherds!

 Author: Jill Pavel

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