4 Service Dogs Teams Accredited in Austin

service dogsGood Morning!!!! Finally, Spring 2014 has arrived, but Winter’s still showing up in some areas of the Country. March 2014 has been unbelievable, especially since my house guests have arrived, ALL 12 of them!!!! Well, this weekend 2 or 3 will be going to their foster homes to begin the journey towards Veterans’ Day 11-11 for the 11 puppies. Hopefully, this little ‘experiment’ will be successful and rewarding to the 11 Veterans and their families with their ‘Battle Buddy‘ candidates.   On March 20th, a special day for my Brother and Aunt and a Ft. Hood Trainer,  marked the accrediting of 4 TADSAW Service Dogs Teams in the Austin area, for a new Trainer with her first Teams. Sandhya was very proud of her Veterans and their ‘Battle Buddies’ as they ‘took’ the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test (PATT) at the Cabela’s Outdoor World in Buda, Texas.  The bond between Veteran and Dog was an amazing sight. The TADSAW philosophy of “Together you train to hone your skills and Bond as a Team’ was truly evident. Please visit the Facebook page to see the Service Dogs Team’s photos.   Congratulations and Good Luck to those 4 Teams: Jeremy & WOODHOUSE TSD0225; Stacey & FANCY TSD0226; Floyd & LITTLE BIT TSD0227; and Billy & GIZMO TSD0228.

And Congratulations & Good Luck to the other Service Dogs Teams that passed the TADSAW PATT in Colorado a few days later. James Ryan & MIA TSD0229 with Trainer Jackie, and Noel & CHIEF TSD0230 with Trainer Joe, his first Service Dogs Team to graduate
Floyd & LITTLE BIT TSD0228 and Noel & CHIEF TSD0230 are the 37th and 38th Vietnam Veterans Teams, respectively, to come Home from the War.  Special Congratulations to both of them.   So far over 100 applications have been sent out during March, and over 60 have been completed and returned. At this rate, TADSAW could have over 1000 Service Dogs Teams in-training during 2014!!! WOW – and this is where I need to quote the Beatles, during their 50th anniversary arrival.
service dogsDuring the months of February and March, TADSAW had several donors that supported a Service Dogs Team or two or three or four. Thank You to the Stevens, the Harpers, the Stitchers, the North Carolina Church, the Colemans , the Raleigh Hot Cocoa Stand, and a Tennessee WalMart store to name a few.. But there were many, many small donations that combined to support a Service Dogs Team or Two!! And those are just as importantTOO!!!!   HELP, I NEED SOMEBODY…. HELP, NOT JUST ANYBODY…. HELP, YOU KNOW I NEED SOMEONE NOW!!! And hopefully that someone is YOU!!!!! It is going to take a lot of MONEY to be able to train all of these Service Dogs Teams, BUT, and there is always a BUT somewhere. But 1000 Service Dogs Teams represents almost 3 suicides daily among the Nation’s Veteran population. That could mean that in 2015, the statistics might drop to under 20 suicides daily!!!! Not just from TADSAW’s participation, but with every other Service Dogs organization being involved.   BUT, there’s that ‘nasty’ word again…..and the refrain becomes HELP. I NEED SOME MONEY…. HELP, NOT JUST ANY MONEY…HELP, I NEED SOME MONEY NOW!!!
Please help TADSAW with raising funds for all the Teams that are in-training, about to start training, and those that will be applying and starting in the next several months. It takes a village to raise a child, and it will take a Nation to save the lives of its wounded warriors and patriots.
So far, 4 puppies of the TADSAW ELEVEN have made their way into foster homes in preparation of the BIG DAY, November 11th “11-11“, when they will be paired with 11 Veterans to begin training for the TADSAW Service Dogs program. And that still is saving 22 lives!!!Over the next several week the remaining 7 puppies will be going to foster homes also, which will make me a very happy and relieved person.
You can follow the progress of the Fantastic ELEVEN on the Facebook page. Watch for photos of Ollie, Maverick, Major, Gunny, Bodie, Layla, Shadow, Luna, Abby, Sam and Val as they grow and nurture in the families preparing them for when duty calls.
Thank You all for your continued assistance and support of TADSAW.
Have a great week…….
As always, I remain,   Bart Sherwood Program Director – TADSAW, INC. (210)643-2901 bart@tadsaw.org **NEW BLOGSITE: www.tadsaw-wowmoments.org **NEW VIDEOS: Therapy Dogs Heal Troops (UMTV)   **Must View**  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFACrnTV58Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player  **

Eighteen Teams now wear the TADSAW Service Dogs Patch on their vest!

service dogsGood 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.
service dogsThere 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,
Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
(210)643-2901