Gunner — Service
Service animals are trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities. This does not reflect the reality of what Gunner – a 115 pound Great Pyrenees – does for me, my family and the wider community. Gunner is the inspiration behind The S.D. Gunner Fund, a non-profit organization in the state of Georgia that assist’s veterans and disabled children with the financial expense of obtaining and maintaining much needed service animals.
I was seriously injured by an IED in Iraq in 2005 and even today my physical injuries, brain trauma and PTSD prevent me from functioning. I finally received my mobility service dog Gunner in 2013 after an eight year wait and he instantly became our family member has transformed my life.
Our eldest son, Blayne, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Mixed Receptive/Expressive Language Disorder in 2013. Gunner was trained to meet the needs of me, but shortly after our son was diagnosed, we noticed Gunner started alerting for our son.
“Gunner helps me keep an eye on Blayne when he bolts from me. He watches over my husband and my son when they sleep, and runs to them when they scream. He is their guardian angel & my saving grace,” says my wife, Britnee Kinard.
Gunner has touched thousands of veterans and children. Since 2013, he has helped raise enough funds to place over 18 dogs, & he has recently joined up with Fair Housing Advocates to help fight assistance animal discrimination. He is my HERO.