Vets and Dogs

Chris and Bragg

In Training

Jeremy and Reggie

In Training

Stephen and Shadow

In Training

Marcus and Lexi

In Training

Richard and Kekoa

In Training

Greg and Gidion

Graduated 2019

My training with Cyan seemed a bit hectic initially, especially since Cyan would not do anything that she wasn't sure of, or until she was sure of it. She is not a "Take a Chance" female.  I certainly learned that about her, and quickly. But, once she does learn something new, she knows it for good, and will always obey the command. Because of SBF's patience with us and their consistency, Cyan is now a well-trained service companion, who will respond to me both verbally, and with hand signals. Thank you so much, Soldier's Best Friend.

Paul and Cyan

Graduated 2019

Nukka becoming my service animal has improved my whole entire life! Before I was able to take Nukka with me to the VA, I would sometimes have panic attacks so bad that I would have to leave. I would miss appointments. Nukka has helped improve my self confidence because I know that together we are so strong. And when I am having a hard time she keeps me grounded because I know nothing else matters except her and me. Having Nukka with me has helped keep my anxiety down which has also helped tension headaches. When I feel like I am slipping into depression or flashback, Nukka knows what to look for and helps me. Soldier's Best Friend has been a blessing for us both and I am so thankful we were given the opportunity to train here!

Elissa and Nukka

Graduated 2019

Beau and Jethro

Graduated 2019

Elmer and Comadre

In Training

Eric and Gunner

Graduated 2017

Matthew and Nova

In Training

Bryan and Finnegan

In Training

Jonathan and Shalom

In Training

Terry and Koda

Graduated 2019

As someone who has already been through the program once, I already know what it is like to benefit from having a service dog.  However, I would say that this second time around has been more interesting.  The program has definitely improved for the better over the last five years since I originally started.

Nelson and Chloe

Graduated 2018

Hera has helped me to want to be out more in public.  I started to be able to go to school more without panic attacks.

Teresa and Hera

Graduated 2018

I came into Soldier’s Best Friend needing my friend to help me with my needs. I was certain from the start that she would be impossible to train and wouldn’t be able to create the type of bond I needed.  Well I was most definitely wrong. She is such a caring dog and will work very hard for me and for what I want, as long as I have hot dogs that is. But all kidding aside, I wouldn’t have been able to get to this point on my own. If it wasn’t for the hard work and knowledge of my trainers, I would have most definitely become frustrated and given up. Ask them all, they know how annoyed I get when everything doesn’t go perfectly.  I really wouldn’t be here without Leslie, Val, and without Jim.

Nicholas and Kali

Graduated 2018

Sandra and Bob

Graduated 2019

Trina and Marley

Graduated 2019

I would like to thank Dr. John Burnham, his staff and trainers and all the contributors for this amazing gift. The gift of Knowledge. Teaching me how to train my dog Benny, enabling us to work as a team.   The gift of Love. Thru the training process, Benny and I have built a bond I never thought possible living with PTSD.   And the gift of Hope. Hope for the future and a better tomorrow.   I would also like to thank three very special ladies.   My wonderful wife Vicki, who against my wish's brought Benny into our home and into my heart.   Sherry Whitener of the Northwest VA mental health clinic. Sherry was instrumental in getting me to sign up with Soldiers Best Friend, and helped me build the confidence to complete the training process.   And Allison Walker our trainer and friend. Allison taught Benny and I to work as a team and always have each other’s six.   Soldiers Best Friend's mission statement is "Touching 2 Lives at Once".  Mission accomplished!   You truly, have touched two lives.

Terry & Benny

Graduated 2019

I am very lucky and honored to be part of Soldier's Best Friend (SBF). As a Senior Officer, we were expected to act a certain way which didn't include dealing with our emotions or mental issues. As part of my medical evaluations during my Army retirement process, I was asked a number of questions concerning my mental health.  My wife always knew that I have changed, but I didn't realize this until I started answering the psychological evaluation questions. After my retirement from the Army on 1 June 2017, I went to Phx VA hospital for psychological counseling in order to try to become a better husband and father. We have a daughter whom I also need to be a better person for.  At the VA is where I heard of SBF and became interested in a service dog. Before SBF, dogs were the pets of my daughter and wife. I really didn't have emotional attachment to them. Now our 22 month old Springer Spaniels, Gracie & Nico (my service dog) in my eyes are truly part of our family or I should say I have become part of their family and pack. I believe I have become more caring and softer since Nico has become my service dog. I know I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but Nico is helping me to become more caring, express my emotions in a healthy way and teach me to relax a bit. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and for being such a valuable organization - I am blessed to be a part of Soldiers Best Friend.

Mike and Nico

Graduated 2019

Jim and Gidget

In Training

Jerry and Stella

In Training

Soldier's Best Friend has been the best thing that has happened to me since my initial diagnosis.  Ellie has taken the place of endless therapy sessions and medications.  The training that Ellie and I received has fostered a bond that I never imagined.  When at home, without the vest, Ellie is just a fun loving dog that brings joy and love to all family members, most notably, my wife, who appreciates Ellie's willingness to pick up my dirty clothes and take them to the laundry room for me!   Once the vest goes on, Ellie knows that her time and efforts are exclusive to me and she takes over the responsibilities of vigilance, vetting and overall environmental assessment, thereby providing me with the comfort in knowing that I can now venture out into the world knowing that someone really does have my "six"!   Thank you for your phenomenal staff and incredible organization!

Keith and Ellie

Graduated 2018

First, I want to thank SBF for allowing us to participate in the program and give a special thank you to Becki and Allison for their guidance and support.  Joining the SBF team has been a very positive uplifting experience for Jackson and me. The training we received has made a big difference in our daily lives.  Jackson has become the best therapeutic companion dog I could ask for, which directly helps my PTSD.  Our neighbors have commented on how Jackson is a completely different dog.  He no longer jumps up on them and barks at their dogs.  They have also commented on how well Jackson follows my commands.

Paul and Jackson

Graduated 2018

Robert and Daphne

In Training

Michael and Troop

In Training

The most memorable story about Denver and I is when he almost dragged me in the lake or down the aisle through a display at Lowe's. When he's determined he tries to get there. He used to fixate on little dogs cause he wanted to play (he has a yorkie at home) but it's scary to see a pit going after a little dog with red eyes not understanding his intentions. With the help of Becky and more determination than him we went back to Lowe's, and walked around small dogs incident free. I'm gonna stay away from the water for a little while longer.

Shaunti and Denver

Graduated 2019

Alicia and Lillie Mae

Graduated 2019

I took Bailey home on Oct 27th and from that day forward, Bailey and I have been inseparable. On Bailey’s very first night at her new home, or as my daughter Ashley calls it “HER FOREVER HOME”, I was suddenly awakened from one of my reoccurring nightmares, with Bailey laying on top of me, nudging me with her nose to wake me up.  That is when I knew we were going to be a great team. Bailey has proved herself to be a very loving, intelligent,  and quick learner. She instantly became part of our family. Bailey has filled a void in my heart. She has already helped me tremendously, not only with all the tasks she does for me, but with her loyalty to me. She is always by my side, she is always watching me. She knows that I will protect her like she protects me. I have less anxiety about going out into public now, because I know she is with me. SBF made that possible, and for that I am forever grateful. With Allison’s, Leslie’s, and Jim’s unwavering support and patience, they have made it possible for Bailey and me to be here today. In closing, I want to thank the entire SBF staff, for not only bringing Bailey into my life, but also for the amazing service and opportunity they provide to my fellow veteran’s. Thank You.

Mike and Bailey

Graduated 2018

Before starting this program I walked into a room counting the exits, counting the number of people, looking at people’s hands and looking for things that seemed out of place. Of course this was perfectly normal to me until someone pointed it out. This is where Greg comes in. This program has allowed me to enjoy the moment by training Greg to take some the edge off. Old habits die hard but I am no longer with my back up against the wall thanks to Soldier’s Best Friend. Thank you.

Gaspar and Greg

Graduated 2019

I can tell you that from the first day Jake and I started training I saw that he was changing every day as I worked him, or did he work me. He is a completely different dog since last September. I know while I was working Jake I was not thinking about my PTSD because my mind was on Jake. I know that when my PTSD kicked in Jake would get up and nudge me and I would hug him while crying. I’m crying now but they are happy tears because the love and bond I have for Jake. Now I can feel free and go out during the day and go shopping or just to work Jake. I learned a lot from Jake and I see he has done the same. This training is done by the veteran and not by the trainer, so if you don’t have the time to train your service dog don’t sign up. I have learned a lot from this training and I’ll be out every day working Jake.   I would like thanking Solder’s Best Friend for my training. And I would like to thank Leslie in Sierra Vista for all her hard work helping me to get to the finish line. I could not have done this alone. Thank you all again.

James and Jake

Graduated 2019

Vincent and Athena

In Training

Being a retired Marine, I have spent 20 years doing things one way.  Doing SBF with Independence has softened my appearance and has helped with my PTSD in daily tasks.

Thomas and Independance

Graduated 2019

Charles and Kilo

Graduated 2019

Lionel and Bob

In Training

Frank and Wall-E

Graduated 2019

Thank you Soldier’s Best Friend! Before being accepted into this program, life was pretty dull for me. I was taking meds to manage going to work, meds to manage through work and even going outside of home alone. It was consuming my life. And now with the help of the SBF and my partner, Theo, it is getting more manageable. I am adjusting with Theo with the help of my SBF Trainers. They are teaching me to manage outings and going places I haven’t been by myself in such a long time. They have patience and give encouragement when we need it most. SBF builds your confidence in knowing how to rely on and trust your team. My interaction with my family, friends and the general public was struggling until my partnership with Theo and SBF existed. Thank you again Soldier’s Best Friend.

Romella and Theo

Graduated 2019

Proud to have gone through this program with a dog I’ve had since a puppy and watch her grow and become a wonderful dog.  Thank you Terri and Allison my trainers who have been there with us throughout this journey.

Brad and Keyna

Graduated 2019

Before Soldier’s Best Friend I would avoid public places, especially by myself.  I was always alerting to sounds and making other people or family members feel uncomfortable to be around me at times. Once I heard about Soldier’s Best Friend I applied and got accepted to the program.  They introduced me to Zita. Once we met it was a day come true. Knowing that Zita is with me I feel more comfortable around people and going to places.  We have bonded so much together that Zita never leaves my side. She watches out for me and I watch out for her. Thanks to all the Soldier's Best Friend staff for all they do.

Eugene and Zita

Graduated 2019

Paul and Kali

In Training

From the start Mavis and I were a match made in heaven. Mavis was a timid rescue with severe separation anxiety and a need for nearly constant companionship. I was a disabled veteran with a tendency toward isolation and reclusion. Together we took on this program and each other. Through 7 months of training Mavis and this program gave me the opportunity to get out of my home regularly and the confidence to do so. My anxiety out and about with Mavis has tapered considerably. I am most grateful for Mavis’s healing love and companionship.  And yet it’s perhaps Mavis that has grown the most through these 7 months. She has grown in abilities but also in confidence. Her separation anxiety is almost non-existent and she is no longer nearly as timid (making me so proud even if it has made training harder). We are both so very grateful to have each other and to Soldiers Best Friend for everything.

Leanne and Mavis

Graduated 2018

Kyle and Ziba

Graduated 2018

Jeffery and Gideon

Graduated 2018

As combat veteran, I am very grateful for the help and support I have received from Soldier's Best Friend (SBF).  I have had many difficulties including physical challenges. I have PTSD, a traumatic brain injury, and a spinal injury that left me with chronic pain. It would be an understatement for me to say "some of my days have been not as good as other days". In searching for better quality of life, I was introduced to Nala. Nala is a rescue dog that was screened and placed with me through SBF. With assistance from the trainers at SBF, Nala and I can now perform as a team. We get through some of the daily trials that I have. For example, Nala is able to make herself as a brace. This is especially helpful to me when my back pain makes it difficult to stand up or when I lose my balance from medication. When we go out in public she watches my back, alerting me when people are near. I have terrible nightmares. They would make the movie nightmare on Elm Street seem like a Disney movie. Nala has the ability to sense my discomfort and wake me up during a traumatic event like this. I have bonded with Nala and can count on her to be there for me and to get through the challenges that each day presents.

Gordon and Nala

Graduated 2019

Paul and Cora

Graduated 2018

I am so thankful for all the SBF staff who spent so much time to help Dodger and I.  Dodger helps me so much, especially with my combat trauma nightmares.  I am grateful for this organization it has saved my life.

Larry and Dodger

Graduated 2018

Before Scout I was a nervous wreck.  On the first night after he came to me through SBF, I slept and for the first time in eight years I didn’t have a nightmare.  That night my wife was also surprised because she had never heard me snore before. Since then things have gotten progressively better and that is due to my trainers (Karin, Allison, Val and Isabel) and due to Scout who has been by my side all the while standing watch, always alert so that I don’t have to be. This program has made it easier for me to function in public and as a result, has made my family life better. Thank you SBF for everything you do.

Frank and Scout

Graduated 2018

Before Molly I would quickly run in and out of stores grabbing a few items to subsist on for several days.  After Molly my shopping trips are much longer and I make healthier choices for my diet.  Molly allows me to get out longer and I do not feel as much anxiety.  I am slowly allowing Molly more into my life.

Andrew and Molly

Graduated 2018

I am very appreciative of all the help, care and understanding of SBF staff and others.

Chris & Arya

Graduated 2018

My journey in getting my service dog trained was a bit of a hardship at the beginning.  It took lots of patience from both my dog and I but eventually became a great bonding experience. Soldier's Best Friend made it possible because they have great trainers who are understanding of our hectic schedules.   Soldier's Best Friend gave me all the tools necessary to train my dog in a timely manner.   Because of them I am able to be independent and now have a new permanent addition to my family.  Thank you for making this all possible.

Greg and Akira

Graduated 2019

Jason and Jessie

Graduated 2018

Jason and Temperance

Graduated 2018

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

Jim and Bear

Graduated 2018

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

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

Graduated 2018

After starting the process to train with SBF it was a great experience. They worked to find a rescue dog that would fit my apartment lifestyle but still be capable to perform the tasks I needed and get along with my cats. I have had great success with my dog and have become more active and able to deal with crowds more effectively and with more confidence. I owe a lot to the dedication and time the staff at SBF has shown to both my dog and me. The program has been flexible and effective. I have even told a few of my fellow military members about the program because I know it has helped me in my day to day life.

Kevin and Tyson

December 2017

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

December 2017

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

Without the help of Soldier's Best Friend in training my dog to be my service dog, I would still be a shut-in not willing to go to public places.  The training has helped me be an active member in my family, helping me to go to more outdoor functions.

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

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

I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for Roxie.  She has made such a difference in not only my life, but as a member of the family.  I now feel so much more comfortable going out in public.  Once again, thank you so much for Roxie.  We look forward to growing as a team and getting better.

Justin and Roxie

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

First, thank you Soldier’s Best Friend.  You all being there as individuals has given me the opportunity to open up to the community.  Driving to school is now a nerve free drive.  I have a companion that is well known by all the students and spoiled by the professors.  I rely on him to keep me focused and help me from locking my keys in my car.  Before, I had a locksmith on speed dial: now keys are part of him coming out of the vehicle.   My wife viewed our graduation photos. The first thing she said is she has never seen me happy before.  Lucky has brought me closer to my family as I used to isolate myself.  Lucky brings comfort to my wife by knowing that he is with me and everything is going smooth with him.

Jason and Lucky

Graduated 2014

Steve and Sasha

Graduated 2013

Todd and Lola

Graduated 2013

   

Sarah and Gunner

Graduated 2015