Patriotic Paws: Local Veterans Receive Guide Dogs

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DALLAS -- From one hero to another. Four-legged pals are on a mission to help disabled vets across the country, one patriotic paw at a time.

“For a veteran that walks into a public restaurant with a guide service dog, people focus on the dog first. They completely restore their sense of independence and freedom -- those things we take for granted,” said Katherine Fritz, America’s VetDogs Director of Development.

America’s VetDogs do way more than just sit, shake and stay.

Veterans who are coping with the ruff stuff—like, war related injuries, blindness and PTSD are assigned a furry friend who is trained to do whatever they need.

“It cost about $50,000 to place a guide dog in the hands of a veteran who needs one and we provide that free of charge to veterans,” explained Fritz.

Take Sonny for example. He's paired up with a visually impaired vet here in Dallas.

"The dog has really helped me get back in the world in a good way, really great blessing. I couldn't ask for better," said veteran Steven Schulz.

Ahhhh, now that deserves a treat!

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