Apollo Valor has been sponsored through a grant by the Robert Irvine Foundation and Chef Robert Irvine. We named him Apollo after one of the ships Chef Irvine was stationed on while serving. He is a sweet boy who can't wait to serve his forever veteran.
SOFie is named in honor of all those who serve in our nations Special Operations Forces. She is a very smart girl and we are sure she is going to do amazing things. Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc. has sponsored our sweet SOFie Valor! Thank you Nutramax and the Cosequin team for your dedication to service animals and our country's service members.
Bradley is named after the Bradley fighting vehicle. Bradleys were used to safely transport troops while offering protection. What a perfect name as Bradley Valor will help his future veteran safely navigate through life while offering unconditional support through all of life's challenges. You will do great things Bradley
Bomber is named after a Special Forces Vietnam Veteran whose nickname was Bomber. After serving time in Vietnam, Bomber was an unconventional warfare instructor and then became the Inspector General at Ft. Bragg. In 1977 he retired from the Army. Our puppy Bomber has big shoes to fill to live up to his name. We know with all of the support and love our pups get, he will become a superstar!
Dimmer is named after the call sign for a heavy helicopter squadron in Vietnam. We were so humbled to be contacted about naming a puppy after this squadron and the brave men who were a part of it. During the duration of their tour, the Dimmersquadron lost one pilot and our hopes are that Dimmer will make them proud and live up to the story behind his name. Go get 'Em Dimmer! 🚁
Huey is named for the Bell UH-1 helicopter. Hueys were notorious for their service in Vietnam, from transporting troops to medical evacuations and running air assault missions. They had a wide range of responsibilities as will our very own Huey Valor.
In 1915, during World War I, Canadian, Lt. Col. John McCrae penned the poem "In Flanders Fields" in honor of a friend that was killed by a German shell. The blood red poppy was able grow in the battle-scarred landscape and covered the graves of the fallen. Since its writing, the poppy has become the remembrance flower for those who have died in combat in several countries to include the United States.
PJ was born on February 26 and came to VSD on April 22. He is currently in training to be a service dog for a wounded veteran. PJ was named after the Air Force Special Operations Pararescue. A PJ's motto is "these things we do, that others may live." Our hope is that PJ Valor will live his life as a service dog with that same mentality.
Benning was born on November 2 and came to VSD on December 22. He is currently in training to be a service dog for a wounded veteran. Benning was named after Fort Benning, GA: The US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence. The veteran who will be receiving Benning has been chosen and the remainder of his training will be tailored to that individuals needs.
Liberty was born on November 2 and Came to VSD on December 22. She is currently in training to be a service dog for a wounded veteran. Liberty is named in honor of the many freedoms this country provides and that our veterans give so much to protect.