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Callie & Bob

Putnam Service Dogs- Callie & BobPutnam Service Dogs placed Callie with Bob in November 2021. Bob had suffered a traumatic brain injury. A perilous symptom remains from his injury,  his fragile balance, which had kept him confined at home. When he did leave his house,  his wife would walk in front of him, her arms spread apart to protect him from losing his balance and falling. Bob couldn’t go anywhere alone. This past May, Bob’s wife passed,  leaving him heartbroken and extremely vulnerable. After that, when Bob did leave his house, he’d use a cane, and someone would have to accompany him.

Then PSD stepped in! One week after he received his highly trained dog, Callie, he decided to try walking his front steps and walkway. Before Callie, Bob had never had to courage to walk this route, even with his wife’s protection and assistance. Bob walked down his front steps without his cane, with Callie close in hand. She matched his uncertain pace exactly, staying with him each step of the way. Bob smiled as he walked down his front walk to the street, independently, successfully, and safely making the journey for the first time in 35 years! Now he and Callie frequently visit neighbors, and Bob eats at his favorite diner with Callie under the table. The owner of the diner seats Bob at the front table because Callie is so well behaved. Bob and Callie are the center of attention.

 

Brook’s Story


Putnam Service Dogs placed Brook in November 2020 with a family that lived on constant pins and needles. Their 11 year old daughter suffers from epileptic seizures. Everyone in the household (4 people, including the 11 year old girl) lived in dread, waiting for the next seizure to come.

In walked our Princess Brook, and she instantly took charge. Her intelligent, loving nature led her to walk right up to the 11 year old, and introduce herself. Now they are inseparable companions, and sleep together every night – the first uninterrupted sleep Brook’s young recipient has had since being diagnosed with epilepsy. Brook is right with her through the night, tucked against her at the foot of her bed.

Brook’s 11 year old charge now has so much more independence and confidence. She used to be afraid to do anything, for fear a seizure would come and she’d be alone. Now she has Brook. She’s no longer afraid of being alone, because Brook is right there with her.

The family continues to bond with Brook, and the little girl’s Mom is learning how to be an effective handler of Brook. The love for, and wonder at Brook, continue to grow each day.

Brook has changed lives.

We Love Starting each Day with Belle

The term unconditional love tells the story of the bond between a dog and human. Belle entered Maria’s life a short time ago. Maria is battling a cancer that has debilitated her motor functions and has created unprecedented anxiety and stressors. At their first meeting, when Belle entered our living room, she went over and laid her head on Maria’s leg.

Belle has filled our home with a new ambience of positive energy, laughter, and calm. To wake up to Belle is so different than before! Belle distracts us from negativity, and has given Maria new found eagerness to do more, now that Belle is accompanying her. We are beginning at-home training with Jeff Fritz, Putnam Service Dogs’ Head Trainer. Maria and I will learn how to work with Belle as a service dog for Maria, and I will learn how to be Belle’s handler.

In the evenings the TV goes on, and Belle finds her place in the living room by Maria’s feet, or in her husband’s arms. We go to sleep each night happy,
after Belle has given us a doggy kiss, and laid in her bed next to us. As our bond grows, the future is even brighter!

Mixed Breed Service Dogs

Most of the Service Dogs Schools in the US have closed colonies of dogs – they breed their own dogs to enhance desirable traits and the health and longevity of the dogs. Even with careful, sophisticated breeding and genetics techniques used, there’s a graduation rate of only 30-40% of their dogs.