Sandy — Service

Charity Partner: 1Pet1Vet
Location: Bethel, Pennsylvania

I am a Marine Corps veteran and my service dog Sandy was trained for me in 2014, after I was hit by an IED while serving in Afghanistan. The blast took off both my legs and part of my right arm, locking it in place. After several surgeries I was learning to walk on new prosthetic legs, but going up and down steps was a major challenge. Picking up items off the ground was also a tall order. Sandy’s trainer asked me to send him a video of how I walk and to demonstrate the things I struggle with daily. We take our legs for granted. Sandy is trained to perform these daily tasks, such as getting up and down steps and retrieving items off the ground. Sandy is labelled as a physical assist service dog.