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SERVICE DOG SALUTE

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The veterans below had their personal and family lives forever transformed by the relentless dedication and unconditional love of a service dog. Scroll down to view their incredible stories.
Meet Sergio & His Service Dog, Laramie
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Laramie

Age: 5

Best Trick: Bringing happiness to anyone she meets

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Sergio

Service: Corporal Infantry in Iraq, US Marine Corps

Favorite Thing About Laramie: Her eyes. When I look at them, all the negative emotions just melt away.

Laramie’s tail wags and warm hugs may seem like small gestures, but see how they’ve made a huge difference.
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"Laramie, you have revived a cheerful soul that I used to know. Thanks to you, my father no longer has to live in fear every moment he walks outside the confines of our home."

Love,

Andy

(Sergio’s son)

Meet David & His Service Dog, Katie
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Katie

Age: 4

Best Trick: “Singing” along with David as he plays the harmonica

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David

Service: Presidential Body Guard for President Bill Clinton at Camp David; Sergeant, US Marine Corps

Favorite Thing About Katie: How she has been able to fill the hole in my family, in our lives, and in our hearts.

See how Katie’s presence has reignited the love between a father and his daughters in more ways than one.
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"Katie, you are such a wonderful service dog. When my father has pains, you make him laugh, and smile. And I do, too. So thank you."

Love,

Sadie

(David’s daughter)

Meet Ethan & His Service Dog, Finnegan
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Finnegan

Age: 3

Best Trick: Knowing when to be protective and when to be downright silly

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Ethan

Service: US Navy (two tours in Bosnia and a tour in Iraq); California Army National Guard

Favorite Thing About Finnegan: The love and focus he has brought to my life.

See how Finnegan’s love and dedication proved to be the best medicine.
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"Finnegan, because of you, Ethan is able to get back in the world and be of service again. And for that I will be forever grateful."

Love,

Suzi

(Ethan’s wife)