Wally our First Firehouse Therapy Dog
In cooperation with Fairfax County Fire Department and Buck Best we developed a program to train and place therapy dogs full time in firehouses. Wally was our very first and had a real affect on the camaraderie at Fairfax County Fire Station 32
K 9 Caring Angels Eaan Green and DD All Hands Expose
One of the first Psychiatric Service Dogs we trained for a Veteran
Pheobe Snoqualmie, WA Fire Department Therapy Dog
One of our First West Coast Firehouse Therapy Dogs
Zora Lewis County, NY Search and Rescue Therapy Dog
Zora is the new station dog at Lewis County Search and Rescue, Inc. She is an eleven-month-old Golden Doodle. Zora was put through extensive training in Manassas, Virginia to be able to become the station dog. She is extremely well behaved, and that is proved by the training Zora continues to do with Lewis County Search and Rescue’s duty crews on a daily basis. Spearheaded by Brandon Roggie, a board member and an EMT at Lewis County Search and Rescue, Inc., this effort began after some bad days occurred at the station. Roggie began researching what could help the crews deal with traumatizing 9-1-1 calls. The ambulance agency pursued the idea of a therapy dog as they have helped first responders across the nation relax, lower heart rates, and lower their blood pressure when returning from a rough time in the field. Members of Lewis County Search and Rescue, Inc. began a search immediately for what might be the best route to take. After calling around to different breeders and trainers in the area, “Sit Means Sit” dog training in Cicero, New York was discovered. Through them, a company named K9 Caring Angels in Manassas took the floor of officially certifying and training a therapy dog, Zora, for the station. Likewise, Mr. Roggie and Captain Josh Genter travelled to Virginia to be trained as certified handlers before bringing Zora home. After an approximately two-week process, Zora finally arrived at the Lewis County Search and Rescue, Inc. station on the Saturday before Christmas.
Cat the Firehouse Therapy Dog Charlotte Fire Department, NC
Charlotte Fire Department’s new K-9, Lady Katherine, is assigned to Fire Educator Rick Dunton, who serves as her primary handler. “Cat” is named after Katherine Hazemey who worked as a volunteer with K-9 Caring Angels. When Katherine passed away, K-9 Caring Angels wanted to honor her with a K-9 that would go on to serve others in her memory.