The Eric and Jessie Decker Foundation is thrilled to share that a 3rd Deckers Dog was officially placed last month with veteran Paul! EJDF’s program, Deckers Dogs, began in September 2013 with the goal of improving the lives of animals in need and supporting the men and women who serve our country. In June 2014, Decker, the second Deckers Dog, graduated and went home with military veteran Dianna. Now Harmony, the 3rd Deckers Dog, will graduate this Saturday, December 13th with Veteran Paul and her class of 25 service dogs!
Harmony and Paul are an amazing match. Harmony is a 2.5 year old female yellow lab, rescued from a rough situation and entered into the Colorado Prison Trained K9 Companion Program where FSD rescued her. Paul is a Marine who served from 1998-2002. Paul was injured in a training accident and now suffers from knee, back, and hip injuries and is in severe chronic pain on a daily basis.Harmony helps Paul with many things, including: retrieving items for him that he drops or that are on the floor, retrieving his arm crutches for him, doing “block” in public to give him some extra space in crowds and doing “post” behind him so he has extra space and to alert him if someone approaches from behind. Harmony enters an empty house clearing rooms for Paul to let him know no one is in there that isn’t supposed to be. She “nudges” Paul when he is stressed or anxious to pull his attention back to the present, she presses the handicap button, and does many other things to help him mitigate his disabilities.Deckers Dogs, an initiative of the Eric and Jessie Decker Foundation improves the lives of animals in need and supports the men and women who serve our country. The program has attracted more than 1,000 members and raised over $75,000 which to date has funded the rescue and training of three dogs. For more information about Deckers Dogs and to learn how you can support this amazing cause, visit https://freedomservicedogs.org/deckersdogs/
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