Good Morning!!! WOW!!! I just realized that I have gone thru a solid month of not sending out the WOW Moments. It is now March 2014, and I am trying to figure out what happened to February and how I missed it. There is so much to write about what has transpired since the last correspondence. Well, it appears I will be rushing in like the Lion, but I doubt going out like a Lamb!!! First of all, Congratulations to all of the new TADSAW Service Dogs Teams that have been gone thru the program and became accredited. Eighteen Teams can now wear the TADSAW Service Dogs Patch on their vest, of which 4 Vietnam Veterans have arrived safely home. The Service Dogs Teams and their Trainers are listed below:
Sean & DREW TSD0207 – Trainer Randy in Louisiana; Kristofer & CISSY TSD0208 – Trainer Leah in Tennessee,
Cindy & TEX TSD0209 – Trainer Leah; Harold & ROXANNE TSD 0210 – Trainer Leah; Noel & RANDALL TSD0211 Trainer Colleen of DC; Christopher & BANDANNA TSD0212 – Trainer Michelle of Fort Worth; Dustin & MATTIS
TSD0213 – Trainer Michelle; Jim & GYPSY TSD0214 – Trainer Michelle; Will & SARGE TSD0215 – Trainer Michelle;
Dawn & CABELA TSD0216 – Trainer Matthias of Oklahoma; Ricardo & JOHN DOE TSD0217 – Trainer Leah; Randy
& SADIE TSD0218 – Trainer Randy; Mikki & SCOUT TSD0219 – Trainer Monique of Arizona – Her FIRST!! Andrea &
& SAMANTHA TSD0220 – Trainer Carolyn of San Antonio; Richard & RUFUS TSD0221 – Trainer Carolyn; Johanna &
TIKVAH TSD0222 – Trainer Carolyn; Erin & GRACIE TSD0223 – Trainer Carolyn; and Richard & LASSIE TSD0224 –
Trainer Brent of San Antonio.
There were several firsts. One is that Mikki & SCOUT TSD0219 are in Arizona, and it is Monique’s first Service Dogs Team. And Richard & LASSIE TSD0224 traveled to Texas for the winter and are the first TADSAW Service Dogs Team in Maine, upon their return home.
Once again, Thanks to all of the TEAMS involved, the Veterans, the Service Dogs and the trainers for all of their hard work to get thru the TADSAW PATT and complete the program. Good Luck to all as they return home to their families, their neighborhoods and into their communities.
So far in 2014, TADSAW has accredited 26 service dogs Teams of the total 224 Service Dogs Teams, of which 36 are Vietnam Veterans.
During February 2014, TADSAW sent out 165 applications, of which 62 forms (almost 40%!!!) were completed and received so that training will commence in a few weeks, and another 22 applications were received from previous months. That means more than 80 wounded warriors, Veteran and Active Duty, will be contacted and start the program. And the need for money continues to increase because of the service TADSAW Service Dogs provides. So tell your friends and foes, neighbors and strangers, or anyone in between about TADSAW’s needs.
And what a way to start March 2014 than with the arrival of Penny and her puppies “The Service Dogs Class of 2015“.
Eleven Puppies for Eleven Veterans in 11 Months starting on Veterans’ Day 2014 – Eleven-Eleven!!!! And now to find the 11 sponsors for the Eleven Teams in-training. But first, the puppies will go into foster homes for socializing and familizing (MY own word!!), in order to get them ready for their future homes with the Veterans. Stay Tuned and Watch the Facebook page “Train a Dog Save a Warrior” for puppy photos and update from now until then. The great Shelter Puppy experiment is beginning right here in San Antonio.
Thank You to those people for advising and inspiring TADSAW Service Dogs to develop the ‘special sauce’ idea, needed to separate TADSAW Service Dogs from the other organizations out there assisting Veterans. TADSAW has done just that on a regular basis. In the words of Chris Matthews from Hardball, “Don’t get mad. Don’t get even. Get ahead !!” Ant that we do everyday, fighting for the Rights of any Veteran requiring the use of a Service Dogs. There is LIFE in TADSAW Service Dogs!!!!
A Catch Twenty-Two Challenge up-date. The Challenge is going well and tying the recognition to Sports and the personalities will definitely open many peoples’ eyes. As Mandela said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” So let Uniform Number 22 – help strike out the number of daily suicides, or run a touchdown for the Home Service Dogs Team or race to victory in the fight to save lives. These men and women, the mothers and fathers, the sons and daughters or the sisters and brothers, who safely returned from the combat zone, only to face death alone and at home, shall not go unnoticed.
Thank You for being patient in waiting for the latest edition of the TADSAW WOW Moments. I will try to be more timely reporting these Moments. Meanwhile, the PetSmart partnership, although slow to start is moving forward finally, especially in spite of all the bad weather in many of the areas where the program will start.
As always, I remain,
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.