“War Dogs to Recovery”
Written by Lynn Malik
In this busy life most of us live we occasionally get an opportunity to meet someone with a big heart and understanding of what it means to give. I am speaking of normal everyday people who contribute to their community in ways that may be difficult for others to measure. People who do it because they can, not for the attention, not for a direct reward, but for their strong sense of community, their willingness to give of themselves so others can live a better life.
A few days ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Laurie Johnson, President of Aztec DPC in San Diego, CA. I believe Laurie is one of those special people. Laurie is not alone. here are teams of volunteers all over the country to support the many in need in their communities along with the help of their well-trained canine partners. Laurie and her dog Archer are regular volunteers with Paws’itive Teams therapy dog program for service members diagnosed with physical and emotional disabilities at the Balboa Naval Medical Center.
The program is designed to encourage disabled patients to re-integrate into the community through positive communication with a canine therapy dog. In conjunction with this service Laurie also volunteers at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center, Balboa Park, which occupies the former chapel of the Naval Hospital.
Laurie spoke about Aztec’s “War Dogs to Recovery” program. his is a program the Aztec DPC has been supporting since October 2015, on the second Tuesday of every month. Laurie shared the volunteer work in the community beyond the “War Dogs to Recovery” program as well. She is a great representative who thoroughly describes the impact a well-trained therapy dog has on the lives of those Sailors, Marines, Airman and Soldiers that have an opportunity to interact with them, whether their wounds be physical or psychological. Laurie is inspiring, her passion unmistakable.
I asked Laurie if she would be willing to write a couple of paragraphs about the “War Dogs to Recovery” program to share with the DPCA. he last sentence speciies a goal of the Aztec DPC, an achievable goal with support of the Doberman community. Our Dobermans and our Veterans have given so much, honoring them and bringing their sacriices to the public is a worthy endeavor and powerful outreach from the Doberman community to the public.
Public Education Report DPCA Pipeline Summer 2016
“War Dogs to Recovery”
Written by Laurie Johnson
This program is a collaboration between the Aztec Doberman Pinscher Club of San Diego, the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park and Paws’itive Teams (therapy dogs, service dogs and emotional support dogs)
The program describes how dogs were used in past wars and oicially with the United States in World War II. These donated dogs were trained to assist soldiers in three main tasks: sentry work, messenger dogs and scout dogs. hese organized platoons, where Doberman Pinschers were the primary dogs used along with a few other breeds, were trained to do things humans could not. hey helped save many lives and bonded with the soldiers they worked with. War dogs continue to work for us in the military, although Dobermans are not the dog of choice now, other breeds still offer the key to assisting our soldiers.
Recovery is what the dogs offer after war. Service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support dogs can make a difference in dealing with pain, socializing and assisting those with physical needs. hey have also helped reduce the suicide rate after war with our soldiers.
Service dogs and therapy dogs are available to meet visitors at Aztec’s War Dogs to Recovery exhibit, along with information about programs that help our service members and veterans. Therapy dog MyFriendArcher shares his stories of helping our service members through Paws’itive Teams Programs.
This hands-on exhibit continues to grow and receive positive feedback from all who visit the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center. Aztec’s goal is to someday have a War Dog monument in San Diego that will pay tribute to those brave Dobermans that have served and given their lives to our country.
Special thanks are given to: Susan Bahary, Artist; Peggy Boos, DPCA Centennial Ambassador; American Kennel Club; Doberman Pinscher Club of America; and Paws’itive Teams.
To learn more about Paws’itive Teams: http://www.pawsteams.org/pawsitive-teams-service-dogs/service-dog-teams/http://www.pawsteams.org/dogs-of-war/
To learn more about the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center: https://www.veteranmuseum.org