‘Penny’ PTSD Dogs was united with a Veteran and picked up Veteran’s PTSD symptoms!

ptsd dogsBRRRR! Good Morning America!!! As another winter storm envelopes the United States. It seems that not only hurricanes have names , but now every winter storm is being named as well. What next tornadoes??   January 2014 has started off very nicely with more Teams passing the TADSAW PTSD Dogs Public Access Temperament Test, this past week.  Congratulations and Good Luck to the following new PTSD Dogs Teams:
                  David & KNUCKLES : TSD0202 and Colleen (Trainer) of Alexandria
                  Ashley & HOPE: TSD0203         and Randy (Trainer) of Shreveport
                  Jennifer & PIXIE: TSD0204        and Crissy (Trainer) of Pittsburgh
                 Felicia & LADYBIRD:TSD0205 – and Caroline (Trainer) of SATx and        
                 Lacey & CHANCE:TSD0206   –    and Caroline (AGAIN!!) of SATx
With the Team’s hard work over the past  several months under their trainer’s supervision, their efforts were rewarded by the earning if the title TADSAW PTSD Dogs Service Dog Team.
Now some really interesting news. A couple of weeks ago, on or around January 7th, Patsy, Co-Founder of TADSAW PTSD Dogs, found a Lab-Retriever mix in West Texas that was to be euthanized, if only because she had been picked up by the Animal Control officers. Patsy felt connected to this Yellow Dog because it reminded her of her Therapy Dog, Penny, who was the namesake for the Foundation under which TADSAW PTSD Dogs was started. Long story short – ‘Penny’ was united with a Veteran in West Texas, and immediately picked up on the Veteran’s PTSD symptoms and the roommate’s Diabetes, by alerting her to the low and high blood sugar levels, in order to take action. Well the story does not stop here.
ptsd dogsRather just the beginning, as TADSAW PTSD Dogs had been informed that ‘Penny’ needed to be spayed after having come into the shelter with her puppies. Those puppies must have been tagging along for the free milk program being offered, because by the following Wednesday January 15th, Penny had another 11 healthy newborn puppies at her side. YES – that’s right 11 healthy Lab-cross puppies, and the Facebook followers have been very generous. BUT TADSAW PTSD Dogs does not have a foster program to raise these ‘Future’ Service Dog stars, and because the Program Director has stated more than once a belief that Shelter Dogs make excellent Service Dogs…now I have the chance to prove it. Actually, only 4 of the puppies have to prove the theory correct.
So what started out with one Shelter Rescue Dog, PTSD Dogs saving one Veteran…. it appears that this one special ‘Penny’ will make change and effect a total of 24 lives and families, neighborhoods and communities. WOW- now that is one heck of a difference!!!
And Please do not forget about the CATCH 22 CHALLENGE…. it is easy to speak about and $22. will help save the life of at least one of the 22 Veteran suicides daily… if everyone pitches in.  And that is just the beginning!!! If you want more information, Please call me at (210)643-2901.
Well, that seems to be enough WOW at this moment. I have letters and grants to write, but as I have said before.. this is a very ‘rewarding’ experience… you just have to jump in to realize it!!!
Have a great week and stay warm and comfortable….
As always, I remain,Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
(210)643-2901
bart@tadsaw.org
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Good Evening!!!! Well I did not even make it 24 hours after sending out an email yesterday and earlier today, than what to my surprise was another round of TADSAW Public Access Temperament Tests in the Fort Hood/ Killen area of Texas. And now the BIG milestone has been reached and shared by a rookie Trainer.

Congratulations to Jason & LOUIE: TSD 0200 and Timothy & PONGO: TSD0201, both trained and supervised by Theresa the Trainer.  These 2 Teams represent Terri (TSD0109) on her first group of Teams. And more are on the horizon.

There is not much else to say, except WOW!!! Thank You to all of the Veterans and Service Members and their Battle Buddies, and the Trainers that have been there for them all.  “Together you train to hone your skills and bond as a Team” – the thought and the idea really work on forging and strengthening the human-canine bond, which is the backbone of any Service Dog Team.

Congratulations and Good Luck in the future to Jason & LOUIE TSD0200 and Timothy & PONGO TSD 0201.

Thank You all for supporting TADSAW since August 2010.

Have a great week…..

As always, I remain,

Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
(210)643-2901
bart@tadsaw.org
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Good Evening!!! I hope everyone is has started off the New Year – 2014-  on a Happy – Healthy – Safe & Prosperous note. Just give the year a little room to mature and I am sure that some of those four  notes will change somewhat. Anyways now on to the news.

On Saturday January 11th, I received a telephone call announcing the First TADSAW Service Dog Team of 2014 had passed the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test and became the First Team to be trained in California with a Veteran with a new TADSAW Trainer.  Congratulations to Colin & DUKE TSD0199 and Nick the Trainer  for their hard work and participation in the TADSAW program. And there are more Teams on the horizon, and most definitely TSD0200 will be very shortly!!

So far 2014 has started out ahead of last year’s statistics, for the same time period. with applicants, and Teams in-training.

I also was made aware of the fact that TADSAW did not reach the 2013 Budget goal of $300,000 and 120 Service Dog Teams. BUT the good news was that TADSAW did accredit 119 Teams (just one shy!!!) on about 55% of the budget. We had over 430 donors during 2013 that supported the program.  And again Thank You to all of those generous individuals and businesses that were so kind during 2013.

Well that just about brings you up-to-date on the goings on!!!

Congratulations and Good Luck again to TSD0199 : Colin & DUKE….

Have a great week and an Awesome Year……

As always, I remain,

Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
(210)643-2901
bart@tadsaw.org
**NEW BLOGSITE: www.tadsaw-wowmoments.org
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