German Shepherd puppy Shadow training to help local veterans with PTSD


(TOM) BUT FIRST — A HEARTWARMING STORY ABOUT HELPING VETERANS IN NEED. A SMITHFIELD WOMAN WANTED HER PUPPY TO MAKE A NOW HER PUP, SHADOW, IS ON ITS WAY TO BECOMING A REGISTERED EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S KARA DIXON WITNESSED SOME OF SHADOW’S TRAINING TODAY. (KARA) YEAH AND WE HAD TO CUT IT SHORT BECAUSE SHADOW WAS JUST SO EXCITED TO BE AROUND SO MANY PEOPLE. (KARA) AND QUALITIES LIKE THAT ARE THE REASON WHY BROWN WANTED HER DOG TO SHARE LOVE WITH THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST. (KARA DIXON) THERE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL. AND YOU CAN TELL THAT BY JUST LOOKING AT HIM STRUT INTO A ROOM. “THIS IS SHADOW.” HE’S A 12 WEEK OLD GERMAN SHEPHERD. HE LOVES HIS BALL….HIS SNACKS…AND HAIR. (NAT) VFW AUXILIARY POST 8453 PRESIDENT CHERYL BROWN OWNS HIM. HER BROTHER SERVED IN VIETNAM. THAT’S HOW SHE GOT INVOLVED HERE. . I ALWAYS WANTED TO THANK HIM FOR THIS SERVICE. I NEVER KNEW HOW. BUT NOW SHE DOES AND THAT’S BY HELPING OTHER VETERANS THROUGH HER PUPPY. ITS HEARTBREAKING WHAT THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH. IF SHADOW CAN HELP, THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO DO. . ONE TAIL AT A TIME, ONE WAG AT A TIME. I’M GOING TO FIX WITH GOD’S BLESSING SOME SMILES. JAMES TODD IS SHADOW’S TRAINER. A FATE MEETING AT THE VFW A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO LEAD HIM TO THIS NEW JOURNEY. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE HIM LOVE EVERYONE. THAT’S OUR GOAL TO DO IT. HE KNOWS FIRST HAND ABOUT THE HEALING POWER OF PUPS. HE SUFFERS FROM PTSD HIMSELF AND THAT’S WHY HE’S DOING THIS FOR FREE. . I SEE IT WORKING FOR ME. I SEE IT WORKING FOR SO MANY OTHER VETS AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE THESE ISSUES. (NAT) AND THAT’S WHY THEY BELIEVE SHADOW CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG. WE’RE NOT GOING TO HOPE HE’S GOING TO. HE’S GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE (NAT) BUT THAT STARTS MISSION STARTS HERE YOU SEE HOW MUCH ENERGY HE’S GOT. HE’S A BALL OF LOVE. IT’S ABOUT THE VETS AND WE’RE GOING TO STICK TO (KARA) THEY HOPE ONCE SHADOW IS TRAINED, THEY CAN TAKE HIM TO HOSPITALS, OTHER VFW’S, HOMES, AND SCHOOLS TO SPREAD LOVE AND HEALING. IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN BE HELPED, VISIT WAVY DOT

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