Patriot PAWS Attends I-30 Girls Basketball Game

The pups of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs were a slam-dunk hit during pregame of the Lady Hawks vs Lady Jackets basketball game on Friday, January 20, 2017. The adorable ‘Ballers’ gave away tons of puppy kisses and smiles to fans of both teams at the Rockwall-Heath High School Gym.

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Service dog organizations see increase in veterans calling for help

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Patriot PAWS is still having trouble getting service dogs to disabled veterans quickly enough. In fact, the average wait is more than three years long.

While three years is a long wait for anybody, for veterans who suffer from PTSD, knowing help is three years away seems like a lifetime.

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Veteran’s Day 2016

Service dogs cost $33K but are priceless to veterans in need, compliments of Rockwall nonprofit.

“I’ve seen the magic these dogs bring,” said Springstead. “They’re so important to recovery.”

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Prisoners help train patriot paws puppies

One of the ways the non-profit organization Patriot Paws keeps costs down is by partnering with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. For the last eight years inmates at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have been teaching Patriot PAWS pups to pull their weight as service dogs. Patriot PAWS trainer Sarah Alvarado says, “They […]

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ELEAD1ONE Community Partner: Patriot Paws — A Hero’s Helper


 

Step inside of the life changing relationship between retired U.S. Army Ranger Aaron Mixell and his service dog Chief. Chief is just one of the dozens of companions matched with our military men and women in need of assistance that only these highly trained dogs can provide.
Creative Lead Chris Chatterton captured Aaron and Chief’s story in this 3-minute video for our North Texas-based community partner Patriot Paws.

FOX 7 and Patriot Paws join forces to help disabled veterans

We are so excited to partner with FOX 7 for this Puppy Raiser project. It is a natural fit, FOX is already a strong supporter of veterans and they love dogs!

Paws for Thought

Hunting Article

Hunting’s selected charity, Patriot PAWS, provides life-saving support to disabled military personnel.

It is a long standing Hunting tradition to annually support an individual Texan organization that is going to extraordinary lengths to improve the lives of others. This year, it was announced that Patriot PAWS had been selected during a ceremonial donation at the Hunting Art Prize awards.A Dallas-based dog trainer with over 20 years of professional experience, Lori Stevens has dedicated her career to restoring the independence and improving the lives of those affected by mobility issues. Stevens’ charity, Patriot PAWS, was founded in 2006 after a group of disabled military veterans, recently returned from active service, asked for her assistance with training their dogs.

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Patriot PAWS Through the Eyes of Texas Country Reporter

Bob Phillips and the crew at Texas Country Reporter filmed a great segment on Patriot PAWS so you can get an “inside” look at how we are training service dogs with the help of prison inmates. Watch four veterans go through their daily routine with the female inmate trainers in Gatesville as they prepare for their graduation in April of 2015. Pay attention and you will see lives being transformed!

Army Veteran Credits Service Dog with Lessening PTSD Symptoms

Rose Baca – neighborsgo staff photographer

“For some veterans, the dog can help a person go out in public. But for me, Gunny helped me go home,” said Deweerd, a fourth-grade bilingual math and science teacher at Duncanville’s Charles Acton Elementary School. “Work was a good release for me because I was around people and kids. I liked going to work. What I didn’t like was going home to an empty house.”

  • Storms terrified him.
  • The sound of thunder brought Dustin Deweerd back to the bombs that woke him from the mud compound in Afghanistan where his unit lived.
  • Nighttime was the worst.
  • His Duncanville home was too quiet with too many opportunities to relive the two years he spent overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • But Deweerd said his match last May to Gunny, a 3-year-old Labrador service dog, has helped the soldier calm his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

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Patriot PAWS Works with Female Inmates to ‘Make a Difference’

Inmate Trainers

PEARLAND, Texas – Cash can fetch and give “puppy” eyes like any other dog, but spend just one minute with Cash and retired U.S. Army Sergeant Javier Negrete, and you’ll see why Cash is no ordinary dog.

“This dog has changed my life,” said Negrete, who now lives in Pearland. “Since I’ve had Cash, my life is just a completely different story.”

However, a car crash during his week visiting home left the him paralyzed, and a severe brain injury altered his speech. Negrete was in a wheelchair and suffering from serious depression.

Until he met Cash. “I’m not the guy in the wheelchair anymore,” Negrete said. “I’m the guy with the cool dog.”

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