Orion — Service
Representing the “service dog” category, Orion “serves & saved” his Air Force veteran, Mike. Orion is a service dog trained for specific tasks; assisting Mike with daily activities that would otherwise be impaired. He knows numerous commands, but is known for “block”, “cover” and “touch”; allowing Mike to know that Orion has his back.
As a puppy, Orion was chained to a tree and fighting off flies. Later, a service dog organization saved him just before he was to be euthanized. Serving over 6 years, Orion has made a difference in Mike’s life.
Initially, Mike didn’t believe a service dog could help him; however, Orion was there to prove that by allowing him to “serve”, life could be better. Mike had dark times and terrible dreams—Orion was there to serve. Mike was recluse and didn’t go out much—Orion was there to serve. Mike had road rage/quick temper—Orion was there to serve.
Orion, represents an “American Hero Dog” not only saving his veteran’s life but over 24 American Veterans / K9 teams. Mike wanted to give back to the community; helping other veterans, Orion was there to serve. An American Veteran and his (American Hero) Dog started a nonprofit for veterans and service dogs– Healing Paws for Warriors. The organization recognizes Mike (and his American Hero Dog) changing lives for the better. Now, Orion is seen with his veteran walking in front of the class with his head held high; wearing the service dog vest proudly, ready to serve.