Vets and Dogs

Eugene and Zita

In Training

Paul and Kali

In Training

Leanne and Mavis

In Training

Kyle and Ziva

In Training

Kevin and Khaleesi

In Training

Jeffery and Gideon

In Training

Gordon and Nala

In Training

Bill and Mavis Mae

In Training

Brian and Molly

In Training

Scott and Tonks

In Training

Paul and Cora

In Training

Larry and Dodger

In Training

Frank and Scout

In Training

Terry and Koda

In Training

Carlton and Vulcan

In Training

Andrew and Molly

In Training

Chris & Arya

In Training

Greg and Akira

In Training

Jason and Jessie

Graduated 2018

Jason and Temperance

In Training

Maverick has been a blessing for me.  We bonded in about 10 minutes and he stayed by my side no matter where I went.  Maverick helps me stay centered.  He knows when I am anxious and/or depressed.  He wakes me up when I have nightmares.  I don’t know where I would be without him.

Mike and Maverick

Graduated 2018

Mike and Bailey

In Training

Tony and Turtle

In Training

Jim and Bear

In Training

Moxie has elected many smiles, some chuckles, and even a few roars of laughter. But the bond forged by SBF between Moxie and I is just what the doctor ordered.

Jonel and Moxie

Graduated 2018

When my healthcare provider at the Prescott VA medical center made a recommendation to get a service dog, I have no idea where to begin.  After contacting the staff at Soldier’s Best Friend, my journey started to take shape.  My dog Kuma and I set out on an amazing year of training, growing, and bonding as a team.  I was able to learn not only from my trainer, but from the other veterans who were in the class with me. Now, my dog and I are partners with the goal of living a healthy and productive quality-of-life.

Fred and Kuma

Graduated 2018

For many years, my PTSD was treated with multiple medications. Despite those prescriptions, I remained anxious. I had no desire to get off the lounger, to go out, or to accomplish anything. Since bonding with Shadow, I am less frustrated and anxious. Some meds have been eliminated and others decreased. I found myself looking forward to the days I was scheduled for SBF training. Due to Jamie’s knowledge, skills and patients encouragement, I enjoyed learning how a dog thinks. I am willing to go to new places with Shadow and reconnect with the world. I can count on her to “watch my back.”   I am, also, grateful for Shadow’s help with my balance and for her retrieving my dropped objects. Thank-you to the entire SBF staff for “my little shadow,” my friend.

George and Shadow

Graduated 2018

William and Lily

Graduated 2018

SBF has enabled me to feel more comfortable out in public with Brandy through their guidance with training Brandy. I am honored to be able to participate with Brandy in their program. The training and guidance both prepared me and Brandy and made me feel safe in the training at SBF and the outings. Thank you to SBF and my trainers. God Bless to all.

Mike and Brandy

Graduated 2018

Kurt and Moab

Graduated 2018

Tommy and Kellie

Graduated 2017

Fred and Zoe

Graduated 2017

Sean and Aria

Graduated 2017

Ken and Puff

Graduated 2017

Justin and Kora

Graduated 2017

Luis & Stella

Graduated 2018

I didn’t think I was ready for the challenge and level of commitment that having a service dog would require,  but the structure and support of this program took me back to my Army days and I knew that I had no choice but to succeed.   I walk away with the comfort and confidence in knowing that Max will fulfill his role as my service animal.   Thank you SBF for your outstanding service to our Veterans.

Joshua and Max

Graduated 2018

When I first contemplated the idea of having a service dog I felt skeptical, but I knew that I had to do something more about how I was feeling. Apart from medications and therapy, I felt like I was needing something more. I realized that I wanted companionship. When I met Aldo for the first time I knew at that moment that my initial thoughts on having a service dog had changed. When training began, it was no easy task however I was determined to work the program and follow my trainer’s (Karin) instructions and recommendations. On many occasions, Aldo could feel I was feeling stressed and would come up to my side, lick my hands and would not leave me alone. Even on the days I just wanted to be left alone he was always there by my side. Aldo quickly became more than just a service dog, he became part of me and now I can’t imagine not having him by my side.

Gil and Aldo

Graduated 2018

Jeremy and Cyrus

Graduated 2018

Earl and Triton

Graduated 2018

Dennis and Holly

Graduated 2018

Guillermo and Apache

Graduated 2018

Shannon and MaeMae

Graduated 2017

Adam and Milly

Graduated 2017

Phil and Vader

Graduated 2017

Christopher and Leo

Graduated 2018

Soldier’s Best Friend has given me an awesome bond with my dog, Angel, and an awesome friend!  She has given me the ability to get out more with her here for comfort or help.  Thank you Soldier’s Best Friend.

Zachary and Angel

Graduated 2018

Stuart and Bentley

Graduated 2017

Frances and Johnny Cash

Graduated 2017

Prior to SBF, I was floundering in circles looking for a service dog program geared toward veterans. My local VA mental health provider suggested a service dog would help me copy with military PTSD and related issues.  She even wrote me a letter (prescription) sending me out in the community in search of a service dog.  I met with local civilian dog trainers who suggested I rescue a dog of my choosing and train the dog myself with the help of their services, but their services were too expensive. I did rescue Pacer for companionship and saw a huge difference in my own posture towards life. After a year of failed attempts and choosing the wrong training equipment, I finally was referred to SBF by a fellow veteran at my local VA.  This fellow veteran had gone through the SBF program. Once I met with SBF and my rescue dog Pacer passed their initial screening, we begin training the following week. Pacer and I grew together during the several months of training and both of us were happy learning and bonding as a team. SBF taught me to be a real dog handler and gave me the confidence to control Pacer in public venue's. I was once a troubled veteran who attempted suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot under my chin and I miraculously survived.  My relationship with Pacer has given me the feeling of love, companionship, security, and the enjoyment of life. I am blessed at a second chance of life and having SBF be part of rescuing Pacer & myself.  There are two soles rescued during the SBF program.

Mark and Pacer

Graduated 2018

Eric and Piglet

Graduated 2018

Richard and Khaleesi

Graduated 2018

Maximus has helped me get thru many days of anxiety and depression.  If it wasn’t for SBF connecting Maximus and I together I don’t think I would have made it this far.

Spencer and Maximus

Graduated 2018

I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff and trainers of Soldiers Best Friend. Everyone at S.B.F. has always exhibited the utmost of professionalism and courtesy. I do hope this program continues for many years to come. This program extends further help to combat Veterans.  Having a friend by your side is truly remarkable in so many ways! Thank you so very much!

Michael and Kylo

Graduated 2018

Konrad has changed my life due to the fact on a day to day basis I smile where I didn’t use to.

Jarrod and Konrad

Graduated 2018

Eric and Gunner

In Training

Terry and Roxy

Graduated 2017

Robert and Squeak

Graduated 2017

John and Ceasar

Graduated 2017

Jason and Smadge

Graduated 2018

Kyle and Ruger

Graduated 2017

Bella has allowed me to start exploring the world again with my family.  Before Bella, my life was work and home.  Now, while we still don’t go everywhere, we have started living life and enjoying going places again.  My wife thanks you!  My daughter thanks you, and I thank you for helping me get back to being myself.

Rustin and Bella

Graduated 2018

Jerry and Emma

Graduated 2017

Merle and Amber

In Training

Kevin and Tyson

In Training

Jeremiah and Darcy

Graduated 2017

Travis and Maddie

Graduated 2017

Ryan and Chaos

Graduated 2017

Rob and Charlie

Graduated 2017

Ned and Cleo

Graduated 2017

Jeffrey and Xena

Graduated 2017

Harry and Dutch

Graduated 2017

Gerry and Cheetah

Graduated 2017

Donald and Abby

Graduated 2017

Barry and Que

Graduated 2017

I would recommend Soldiers Best Friend to another Veteran. The trainers are extremely helpful and understanding. Having my dog be able to travel with me has helped me become more social and less isolated. I strongly feel that without my new furry best friend I would still be sitting at home. Thank you for helping me to feel like I did before my military service.

Veronica and Sadie Mae

Graduated 2016

Sean and Simone

Graduated 2016

The crew at “Soldiers Best Friend” are more than what I expected. After my deployment and being medically retired from the military, I dealt with things like many of the military do. It wasn’t until we had to put one of our K-9’s down that I realized that I needed a little more help. I rescued a 6 month old puppy from an animal shelter not expecting more than just a new friend, boy, was I wrong. About that same time a friend of mine told me about “Soldiers Best Friend” and we got involved. Entering this program with PTSD, TBI, Extreme Anxiety and a cervical spine injury, I was skeptical that there was anything these people could do for me. I mean, I have been dealing with the VA for some years now and they haven’t done diddly squat. I was emotionally numb; I avoided people, places and activities. My anger, fear, feeling of detachment, hypervigilance and self-destructive behavior was controlling everything and sleeping was out of the question. I still feel uneasy, jumpy and irritated at times but the intensity has decreased immensely. SBF has helped bring me out of a shell, with the love and companionship of my little man is better than any treatment at the VA. I sleep much better knowing my buddy has my back. I do not recall the last unruly nightmare I had. SBF is not just about me. It is about the two of us, giving us the tools to learn and function with the new norm. I have more independence since entering SBF. My emotions have peered out more often instead of keeping it all inside. SBF has helped me step out of my comfort zone and given me courage with my little man Sargent to initiate new situations. The crew at “Soldiers Best Friend” are my friends. God has blessed me and my family with these amazing group of Soldiers Friends.

Denise and Sargent

Graduated 2016

Christian and Bella

Graduated 2017

William and Moe

Graduated 2018

Damian and Bella

Graduated 2014

Garrett and Ruger

Graduated 2017

Tony and Recon

Graduated 2017

William and Loki

Graduated 2017

Del and Olivia

Graduated 2017

Patrick and Luffy

In Training

Elmer and Star

Graduated 2018

Joe and Cadence

Graduated 2017

John and Zeus

Graduated 2017

Tim and Josie

Graduated 2017

Murphy, my service dog, came into my life as an overweight excited hound.  Before meeting him however I was constantly stressed and on alert.  I didn’t sleep well and was heading towards being a somewhat recluse.  Even though I would hike and camp, both of which allowed me to be alone or with my better half, Paula, we didn’t really go or do anything else.  Restaurants were almost out of the question, and if the place had a crowd, forget it, we never got out of the vehicle nor went near it. Murphy changed all that.  Being that I was at least active with hiking and such, Murphy and I would go out all the time together hiking.  There he would lose the weight he needed to and we would bond like I’ve never bonded before.  With that bond, Murphy has allowed me to look at crowds more like a challenge than an adversity.  He would allow Paula and I to live normal and go out to restaurants, shopping when needed and meeting new people.  Murphy did that. Yes, he is my Service Dog but along with that title, he holds the title of, best friend, companion, savior and family.  He has saved me from my own destruction and continues to do so.  Teaching me how to be able to function like a civilian in a world unknown to me.

Adam and Murphy

Graduated 2017

Denae and Atari

Graduated 2017

Jason and Stelle

Graduated 2017

Garry and Cheyenne

Graduated 2017

Brian and Tru

Graduated 2017

Tony and Maximus

Graduated 2017

Jerry and Max

Graduated 2011

James and Moose

Graduated 2016

Phillip and Samson

Graduated 2017

Daniell and Simba

Graduated 2016

Eric and Bailey

Graduated 2015

Lee and Cisco

Graduated 2016

Madrid and Gunny

Graduated 2015

Neil and Maddox

Graduated 2016

Joy and Sierra

Graduated 2014

Joe and Toki

Graduated 2014

Bobby and Daisy

Graduated 2013

Stephanie and Ginger

Graduated 2017

Chris and Dante

Graduated 2016

Charles and Sundance

Graduated 2015

David and Caleb

Graduated 2015

Scott and Ted E. Bear

Graduated 2017

Marcus and Taji

Graduated 2016

Tony and Robin

Graduated 2015

John and Maddie

Graduated 2012

Jeffery and Keegan

Graduated 2012

Ken and Sebastian

Graduated 2011

John and Queenie

Graduated 2014

Paul and Aspen

Graduated 2016

Dave and Murphy

Graduated 2016

Eric and Chelsea

Graduated 2016

Vincent and Lili

In Training

Eric and Midnight

Graduated 2015

Robert and Ginger

Graduated 2015

Kelly and Hera

Graduated 2017

Lee and Amber

Graduated 2014

Kevin and Chase

Graduated 2013

Yvette and Blondie

Graduated 2013

John J. and Jax

Graduated 2014

Kenji and Ames

Graduated 2016

Leo and Achilles

Graduated 2014

Mike and Louie

Graduated 2015

Mark and Lucy

Graduated 2013

Jason and Duke

Graduated 2015

James and Jenny

Graduated 2016

Joseph and Bella

Graduated 2017

BreeAnna and Sophie

Graduated 2013

Yvonne and Maggie Mae

Graduated 2015

Albert and Cadence

Graduated 2013

Jerry and Cisco

Graduated 2014

Scott and Kelly

Graduated 2012

Scott and Lady

Graduated 2016

Mike and Nukka

Graduated 2014

Eddie and Nicholas

Graduated 2016

Eran and Dusty

Graduated 2016

Jonathan and Boots

Graduated 2015

Kurtis and Tyson

Graduated 2015

Rebecca and Dakota

Graduated 2014

Bryan and Elvira

Graduated 2015

Shaun and Randy

Graduated 2015

Kevin and Rusty

Graduated 2012

Paul and Samantha

Graduated 2013

Brian and Lucy

Graduated 2014

Jason and Ariel

Graduated 2013

“Before starting training I really never left my house without my wife.  Once training started I found that I get out daily and actually enjoy myself.  Having Taco with me makes me feel like my six is covered.  Our relationship in general has grown as well.  He is my best friend and I rarely leave home without him. Thank you SBF.”  ~ Phillip and Taco

Phillip and Taco

Graduated 2017

SGT

Graduated 2015

Wolffy and Koa

Graduated 2016

Jessica and Rosie

Graduated 2016

Peter and Bella

Graduated 2012

Rudy and Jack

Graduated 2012

Mark and Roxy

Graduated 2016

Kevin and Chief

Graduated 2015

Scott and Luna

Graduated 2014

Brandon and Molly

Graduated 2014

Pete and Harley

Graduated 2014

Carl and Six

Graduated 2016

Garry and Dakota

Graduated 2012

Joshua and Midnight

Graduated 2016

James and Toby

Graduated 2015

Bobby and Maya

Graduated 2015

Dan and Hercules

Graduated 2013

Andrew and Panchita

Graduated 2016

Colin and Vincimus

Graduated 2013

Josh and Artemis

Graduated 2014

Anthony and Cerberus

Graduated 2017

Robert and Beanie

Graduated 2012

John and Zoe

Graduated 2012

Lindsey and Jordan

Graduated 2014

Damien and Bella

Graduated 2014

Tracy and Bear

Graduated 2015

Tanya and Dakoda

Graduated 2015

Jon and Zurri

Graduated 2014

Sarah and Cooper

Graduated 2013

Nelson and Ruby

Graduated 2013

Jeff and Abe

Graduated 2016

Justin and Roxy

Graduated 2014

Shawn and Molly

Graduated 2014

Jim and Spirit

Graduated 2012

Terry and Sam

Graduated 2013

Joe and Geno

Graduated 2014

Stephen and Sophie

Graduated 2015

Tyler and April

Graduated 2015

Mike and Moses

Graduated 2013

James and Princess

Graduated 2014

Dean and Stone

Graduated 2017

Daniel and Leo

Graduated 2016

Eric and Blain

Graduated 2013

Troy and Louie

Graduated 2012

Randy and Buddy

Graduated 2014

Paul and Chief

Graduated 2017

Toni and Duke

Graduated 2013

Regina and Ava

Graduated 2013

Omar and Bella

Graduated 2012

Nate and Max

Graduated 2017

Angel and Rocky

Graduated 2017

Larry and Odie

Graduated 2016

Steve and Woody

Graduated 2014

Luke and Barley

Graduated 2013

Peter and Astrid

Graduated 2012

Chris and Buddy

Graduated 2012

Norm and Sundance

Graduated 2014

Michael and Aries

Graduated 2017

Oliver and Sunny

Graduated 2013

"Before this program I would avoid public places, especially during the day and only do shopping after midnight and before 6 a.m. And never alone. Because of this program with Soldier’s Best Friend, I have a battle buddy that will go anywhere with me. We have grown so much and now we are an effective team. She watches out for me and I watch out for her. Thank you all so much for letting me be a part of SBF." ~Mike & Patches

Mike and Patches

Graduated 2014

“I just want to write you and let you know how this beautiful dog Hero changed my son’s life. My son Carlos before Hero was a very isolated soul, didn’t want to go out and talk to anyone. He was always depressed and sad. When we applied to this program and he was approved and got Hero, his life turned for the good, this wonderful dog got smiles from my son and he [Carlos] tells him [Hero] he loves him very much . . . When I look at my son’s eyes I’m starting to see a sparkle of life again. Carlos and Hero are buddies. There [are] no words to [describe] the happiness in my life to see that my son is coming around again and just because of this wonderful dog named Hero.” ~Mother of Carlos

Carlos and Hero

Graduated 2014

"I was diagnosed with PTSD years ago, but my symptoms were minimal. Fast forward a few years and my symptoms increased. I was having flashbacks 5-6 times a day, taking medication, seeing a psychologist weekly and a psychiatrist monthly. Then I heard about Soldier’s Best Friend. I started training with my dog Axle and we progressed quickly through the program. I’m not sure how it happened, but my symptoms significantly decreased. My flashbacks reduced to 2-3 times a week. I am no longer on medication. My psychiatrist told me we no longer need to meet monthly, once every six months will suffice. Furthermore, I no longer see my psychologist on a regular schedule. I am so happy to have been a part of Soldier’s Best Friend and Axle truly is my best friend." Fred & Axle

Fred and Axle

Graduated 2014

"My experience with Soldier’s Best Friend has been life changing. Coping with civilian life has become more manageable. I often imagine how simple life is for my buddy Wilfred... it keeps it all in perspective. When things get to be too much, my buddy is there. From the restless nights to the difficult situations, I have something that has been an elusive possibility.... I have hope again. I consider myself fortunate to have had this opportunity. Having this service animal has given me both an outlet for coping and restored much of my confidence. Thanks Soldier’s Best Friend and the generous donors who made this all possible." Ric and Wilfred

Ric and Wilfred

Graduated 2014

David and Geno

Graduated 2016

Jeremy and Chelsea

Graduated 2012

Chuck and Hayden

Graduated 2012

Mac and Cal

Graduated 2013

Enrique and Apollo

Graduated 2016

Jim and Lilly

Graduated 2015

Mark and Mia

Graduated 2013

James and Rocco

Graduated 2016

Gene and Harley

Graduated 2012

Sarah and Benny

Graduated 2015

Randy and Titan

Graduated 2012

Randy and Rocky

Graduated 2016

Dennis and Bella

Graduated 2016

Nick and Kenai

Graduated 2017

Samuel and Rosie

Graduated 2012

“Lopy has really helped me become more of myself.  I leave the house more, I work with her, and I train with her.  She brings me happiness.  She wakes me up during nightmares.  In public she really watches out for me and I do the same for her.  I have her do a rear post almost all the time.  She always lets me know if someone or thing is behind me.  Lopy and I are a very good team.  All the training thanks to SBF has been greatly appreciated!”  ~ Tyloe and Lopy

Tyloe and Lopy

Graduated 2017

Tim and Tiny

Graduated 2013

Sharyn and Bijou

Graduated 2011

Maxine and Dakota

Graduated 2015

“I have been in Soldier’s Best Friend for six months. Before I started the program I had severe depression and rarely left my house. Since I got Maddy my life has much more purpose and my depression has gone away. My PTSD symptoms are much less severe. I am also much more comfortable leaving my house. I highly recommend the program to other vets." ~Mike & Maddy

Mike and Maddy

Graduated 2012

Joel and Kazu

Graduated 2014

Kyle and Ronnie

Graduated 2014

James and Storm

Graduated 2014

JP and Ella

Graduated 2014

Kuuleme and Hatchi

Graduated 2014

Mark and Logan

Graduated 2012

Jessica and Cabella

Graduated 2014

Aaron and Daisy

Graduated 2012

Bob and Daisy

Graduated 2013

Jason and Dirk

Graduated 2012

Kelly and Bentley

Graduated 2014

Tracy and Callie

Graduated 2014

Sean and Izzy

Graduated 2016

Jason and Lucky

Graduated 2014

Steve and Sasha

Graduated 2013

Todd and Lola

Graduated 2013

   

Sarah and Gunner

Graduated 2015