Good Morning!!! What a month and I apologize for being too lax and not writing daily.. I just need to get into the habit.
Since the beginning of November, there have been 14 TADSAW Public Access Temperament Tests passed and the Teams have been accredited from all over the country. Congratulations are due to the following Teams;
David & LEX TSD0172 ; Tennessee – Trained by Leah
Michael & SADIE TSD0173 ; SATX – Trained by Carolyn
Lacey & MAMAS TSD0174 ; SATx – Trained by Carolyn
Bill & AMBUSH TSD0175 ; West Texas – Trained by Gary
Tyler & VALKYRIE TSD0176 ; SATX – Trained by Carolyn
Juan & BELLA TSD0177 ; SATx – Trained by Brent *his first TADSAW Team*
Gary & ZIVA TSD0178 ; West Texas – Trained by Gary
Brad & BULL TSD0179 ; SATx – Trained by Carolyn *TMTC*
Tina & SHADOW TSD0180; West Texas – Trained by Gary
Tim & SPADER TSD0181 ; DFW – Trained by Michelle
Michael & LUNA TSD0182 ; DFW – Trained by Michelle
Michael J & ROCKY TSD0183 ; North Carolina – Trained by Brittany **her first TADSAW Team*
Daniel & MIJA TSD0184 ; East Texas – Trained by Randy (Louisiana)
June & SAMSON TSD0185 West Texas – Trained by Gary
BUT another milestone occurred during the testing in San Antonio, and that was the 100th Team accredited during 2013!!! And the distinguished honor belongs to Brad & Bull when they passed their ‘walk’ at Bass Pro Shop. Not only was he now the !00th Team, but he represents all of his fellow Vietnam Veterans finally coming home. So far there are 33 Vietnam Veterans representing the TADSAW Service Dog Teams, among many more currently in-training.
Not a day goes by, when I am not sending out 5 or more applications in response to inquiries, and receiving back 1 or 2 completed applications. The number in-training all over the Country just keeps increasing.
TADSAW has received many donations over the past few weeks, but the need keeps growing.
The TADSAW Catch TWENTY-TWO Challenge has slowly been gaining momentum, and that is okay as long as each day grows a little.
I have a meeting in December with the Battalion Surgeon of the Fort Sam Houston Warriors Transition Battalion to discuss the role of Medical Alert Service Dogs, and the training, in the warrior’s treatment of PTSD. I trust all goes well, as the controversy is like a ‘hot potato’!!! All I can say to them is the quote on the US Military Working Dog Monument, dedicated to the MWD & their handler “Together they train to hone their skills and Bond as a Team”. These Teams were responsible for saving tens (maybe hundreds!!) of thousands of lives during the deployment of fighting troops. So may their peacetime brothers and sisters, the Medical Alert Service Dogs, do for their Handlers and the families, neighborhoods and communities.
Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving…..
As always…… Bart