Texas Animal Hall of Fame Salutes Colonel

Colonel, a German shepherd mix that lost a leg after being hit by a car, is now a therapy dog for wounded troops. Photo: Courtesy Photo, Special To The Express-News / SA

Colonel, TADSAW's three-legged German shepherd mix who was almost euthanized last year, has received a statewide honor for working as a therapy dog to help wounded and injured veterans.

The Colonel will officially be inducted into the TEXAS ANIMAL HALL OF FAME on Sunday, December 9th, at the VFW Post in San Antonio, TX, said Leah Ann Tibbitts, director of the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, which announced the recognition. Aside from providing comfort and inspiration, Colonel, a therapy dog with the Train a Dog — Save a Warrior program, also brings camaraderie to amputees, having lost his left rear leg, Tibbitts said. [ Read More ]

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PTSD symptoms caused by witnessing or participating in a traumatic event can affect two people, standing side by side, differently. PTSD is rarely cured; it can be treated. Whether ‘acute,’ ‘chronic,’ or ‘delayed,’ effective treatments can vary from wounded warrior to wounded warrior.

Physical, behavioral, and/or emotional symptoms can be helped tremendously by the presence of a well trained TRAIN A DOG ~ SAVE A WARRIOR SERVICE DOG. Anxiety, panic, fear, irritability, depression, withdrawal, isolation, hyper-vigilance, loss of trust, nightmares, reoccurring flashbacks, phobias of crowds, phones, e-mail, stores, buildings, vehicles, unfamiliar people, insomnia, fatigue, pounding heart, migraines, difficulty concentrating, paranoia, sleepwalking, suicidal thoughts, anti social behavior, suspicion, poor self esteem are but some of the symptoms where a TADSAW SERVICE DOG has proved useful.

Working as a team with the warrior’s counselors, family support and medical support team, is step one. Talk therapy, positive motivation, relaxation training, systematic desensitization, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, pharmacotherapy, are but some of the treatments in the therapeutic ‘toolbox.’ As with anything, some work better on some warriors than others.

The formation of a TADSAW Stress Assault Team or a team effort is but one strategy in stress management. Finding those who can validate and appreciate the warrior such as family, friends, counselor, doctor, chaplain, spouse, children, parents, or friends from his/her unit may certainly help.

The Stress Assault Team can often be greatly enhanced by the use of a highly trained TRAIN A DOG ~ SAVE A WARRIOR SERVICE DOG. Dogs might be huggable to look at, but they have a far more important role to play – to help re-integrate military veterans scarred by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Please help us help our military returning with PTSD.

$2,500.00 donation will sponsor a dog for a wounded warrior with PTSD.  

For all information, or an application for our TRAIN A DOG SAVE A WARRIOR (TADSAW) PTSD Service Dog Program in Texas, please contact Program Director, BART SHERWOOD, at 210-643-2901 or . Your calls will be returned within 24 hours.



Great to hear from you. The books (Pockets of Peace - K9's Therapy for PTSD, MST & TBI) you sent are quite the conversation piece and many have been taken to other offices. Thank you for the wonderful work you do for our Soldiers."

Best Regards,
MG Al Aycock



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