Part 2: Meet Dewy! A Service Dog In Training
In partnership with AFFCU and their Shelter to Helper program, as well as the Pink Berets, we screened and selected Dewy to be a new service dog for a female Veteran in our local San Antonio community. In part one of this post, we explained how we screen dogs to be service dogs. Just a few months ago, Dewy was sheltered at San Antonio Pets Alive, but today, he’s on his way to helping a veteran live more comfortably throughout their day-to-day life.
About The Pink Berets
The Pink Berets is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women of the US Armed Forces, as well as Veterans, who have been afflicted with some type of injury that can come with serving our country; PTSD, MST, and CTS. The mission of the Pink Berets is to ensure that these women receive holistic therapy, and that includes finding service dogs for the women that they’re working with. Through the Pink Beret’s partnership with the AFFCU, they help connect shelter dogs with women in need.
How Total Dog! Helped
On our end, Total Dog! helped facilitate the training of Dewy to put this pup on a path to being a companion to a veteran in need. We trained Dewy as a service dog which is different from a guide dog. Guide dogs are typically reserved for the visually impaired, and training can take years to be effective partners to those with vision issues. Service dogs are trained specifically to aid individuals with the problems that they’re experiencing. In the case of Dewy, he was trained to help the female veteran with problems associated with PTSD, like Agoraphobia, or fear of going outside.
Learn more about Dewy and how we helped train him in this video from SA Live:
Stay Tuned For Part 3 When Dewy Will Meet His New Owner!
Dewy is still undergoing the training he needs to help the female veteran identified to be in need by the Pink Berets. But, soon enough, he’ll be united with his owner and will begin to help her through her day-to-day life. Stay tuned for when Dewy meets his owner in Part 3!
Or see what you missed in Part 1.