In honor of the losses our nation suffered on September 11th, 2001, today the Penn Vet Working Dog Center opened it’s brand new training facility with a new crop of seven puppy students – all of whom are named after service dogs that helped in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.
Run by Dr. Cynthia Otto (interviewed today about the center of NPR’s Fresh Air), this new center is helping to address a serious shortage in dogs that can do everything from search and rescue to drug sniffing and service dogs that help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, the first intern of the center is Ashley Crandall, an Iraqi veteran who uses a service dog to help with her mild brain injury and PTSD. She’s hoping to eventually become a veterinary technician.
Hard to believe these cute puppies are future heros, but they are. Check out this cool video of the puppies training!