Earlier this month, Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, an organization that assists veterans injured in service, hosted its second annual Battle Buddy Games at Jessiffany Canine Services, LLC in Iron Ridge, Wisconsin.
These games challenge veterans and their service dogs to participate in a variety of events that display the human animal bond between veteran and handler.
Indiana’s K-9 Assisted Crisis Response Team, including team leader Dr. Jean Marie Thompson, of Osceola; Dr. Angie Valente, of Valparaiso; Bert Woolson of Winamac; Carol Lybrook of Peru, and Celia Cole and Dave Fraenkel from Hoboken, New Jersey, representing CERT provided psychological first aid to the veterans during the event.
Dr. Lisa Booth, a Michigan City veterinarian, provided a special K-9 First Aid course for the veterans and their service dogs. The veterans received K-9 First Aid kits funded through Kits for K-9’s, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing K-9 First Aid classes and K-9 First Aid kits to police officers and their service dogs nationwide.