Herman The Service Dog Meets Mitch The Veteran, And It's Amazing
Herman spent two years of specialized training perfecting his skills. Now, he can assist with crucial tasks like opening doors, turning lights on, and offering comfort—especially since he is so furry and soft! Yes, Herman is a service dog. This beautiful golden retriever underwent training and got placed with a veteran through an organization called the Puppy Jake Foundation, which manages and pays for the development of professional service dogs "to restore independence for wounded veterans."
In the video above, you can see how capable Herman is—and how friendly! Mary Crouse, Herman's trainer, talked about her experience working with Herman over two years, on their last day together, and even teared up a little. Herman was leaving Mary's side, to fulfill his duties.
A brave veteran named Mitch Chapman, who was wounded when he got hit with an IED ten years ago, in Afghanistan, was ready to become Herman's new best friend. And as it has so many times before, the Puppy Jake Foundation made a perfect match.
"Words to not describe what Herman means," Mitch says.