Lakeland, Florida – For the first two years of Dook’s life he was tied to a tree. In October a Polk County rescue, Save Our Homeless Pets freed him from that life to start a new one. Lisa Moehring saved him and after his heartworm treatment he went to live with his foster mother Amanda Bennett.
Soon this once mistreated and forgot about dog will give everyone something to remember. He’s going to be helping change lives. Perhaps in a way it’s his way of paying it forward for getting a second chance.
Dook has the honor of being the first Polk County dog accepted into the Pit Bulls For Patriots program. This Pinellas County based program was opened earlier this year by Paul and Margie Manners. The idea came after witnessing how their own dog comforted Margie when she’s feeling anxious. Pit Bulls are paired with Veterans who are coping with PTSD. This wonderful program doesn’t charge the Veterans. Their only expenses are the normal ones associated with owning a dog.
When Dook’s rescuer heard about the new program she and Dook’s foster mom both agreed that Dook was a good candidate. He had helped his foster mother with her bouts of panic attacks.
“He will come and calm me down. He will be a good service to the veterans.” – Amanda Bennett (Dook’s foster mother)
Dook had to pass both a temperament and a Canine Good Citizen test before he was accepted into the program. Next he will placed into a volunteer’s home. There he will work with a professional dog trainer and take classes with Veterans in the program. During this training Dook will interact with several members of the program before being paired up with his new owner. After six months he’ll go home with the Veteran. Once he’s in his new home he may continue training based on the owner’s needs.
“You can just see the shift in the difference it makes to be responsible with another living being,” – Paul Manners (Pit Bulls For Patriots Co-founder)
Dook’s rescuer says this program helps her with her rescue work saving shelter Pit Bulls that are at risk of being euthanized.
“Dook is perfect for the program He is easily trained and hasn’t shown aggression toward animals or people. It’s bittersweet. He is the best dog I’ve ever had.” – Amanda Bennett (Dook’s foster mother)
Rescued Pit Bull Dook Offers Comfort to Veterans