Where did you serve and what did you do?
Naval Special Warfare SEAL Teams
Tell us how your dog is helping you continue #StillServing in your community.
I am a former Navy SEAL. It has been an honor and a privilege working with several organizations providing demonstrations and raising awareness for Veterans. This unexpectedly started my journey in the K9 community and, ultimately why I started Frog Dog K9 a 501(c)(3).
I have had several dogs as pets, but never had I achieved the bond that I have with my K9 named Storm, a female Belgian Malinois. She is forever bringing into focus my understanding and way of seeing the world around me. These are very special animals. Bred, reared, and trained in a tradition forgotten by most. I never considered having a trained K9 as a companion. I certainly did not understand how beneficial one could be for me and my family.
Why do you do it?
My understanding of this today only fuels my desire to do what I can to educate and assist as many other Veterans that are interested in a K9 to have the privilege to experiencing that I have. They can provide home protection, retrieve prostatic limbs, assist in mobility, detect depression and seizures, rebuild trust issues, help with situational awareness, rebuild social interaction and communication breakdowns, and simply bring peace and happiness at times when it is most needed.