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                           THE          SAM SIMON                                                                                                                    Gigi, a 3 year old terrier mix, has become the 3rd Hearing Dog
                         FOUNDATION NEWS
                                                                                                                                                                     for Jack S. of Santa Monica. Gigi was a happy little girl from
                                                                                                                                                                     the moment we saw her. She was full of energy and couldn’t get
                                                                                                                                                                     enough attention! She was easy to motivate with toys and treats
                       “Saving the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people”                                                                                      and proved to be a real natural with her sound training. With an
                                                                                    Summer 2011                                                                      easy going but spunky personality, she seemed the perfect fit for
                                                                                                                                                                     Jack and Maria and has kept them busy with her tireless love of
                                                                                                                                                                     fetch the toy.
     What’s Inside!                                                                 The Sam Simon Founda-
                                                                                    tion launched its Service
•   Hearing Dogs            1                                                       Dog program in response to
•   Service Dogs            2                                                       the growing need of veter-
•   Free Mobile Clinic      3                                                       ans coping with PTSD as a
•   Health                  4                                            result of the Iraq/Afghanistan con-
                                                                                                                  “… last night it was Christmas time at our home, fam-
                                                                         flict. A Service Dog is not a cure for
•   Editorial               5                                            PTSD, but whose skills and compan-
                                                                                                                  ily members came with gifts for Gigi and her new parents,
•   Career Change Dogs      6&7                                                                                   Jack and Maria. There are times, such as last night, when I
                                                                         ionship can be an aid for managing
•   Follow-Up               8                                                                                     count my blessing, this little dog is loved and has more than
                                                                         the symptoms and promoting well-
                                                                                                                  many children, but she is so sweet and she too at one time
•   Pet Visitation          8                                            being. Other tasks we may train for
                                                                                                                  was in the streets of Ventura, I just hope that some of the
•   Memorial                9                                            include assistance with hearing loss,
                                                                                                                  little children, who do not have a good home, will find one
•   Highlights              10                                           TBI (traumatic brain injury), and
                                                                                                                  as Gigi did. She is a joy!”—Maria S.
                                                                         moderate physical limitations due to
•   Keeping In Touch        11                                           injury.
•   Ask Gerty               12
•   Puppy Puzzles           13
•   This & That             14             Tracey and Blaze. Our first
                                           PTSD Service Dog partners.

                                                                                                                                                                “She is a lot of company, she
                                                                                                                                                                loves me now and wants my
                                                                                                                                                                attention. Truly a bond.
                                                                                                                                                                My co-workers gave me a
                                        It’s time to mark your                    Harpo and his family get the                                                  surprised puppy shower for
                                       calendars and plan those                   help they needed. Our free                                                    Abby. It was adorable! I called
                                              costumes for                                                                                                      my workers her uncles and
                                                                                  Mobile Clinic performed
                                    Howl-O-Ween 2011!!                            surgery to remove his pain                                                    aunts.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 —Neva Moekel
                                       October 29th 10AM-1PM                      ridden eyes.

    Kyra Sundance is coming back!! She got a chance to work
    with a few of your dogs last year, now get ready to watch                                                     Abby is Neva Moekel’s second Hearing Dog. A 2 year old Puggle, Abby
    her dogs in action! This acrobatic stunt show has been seen                                                   was a charmer and a bit head strong when she was rescued from a local shel-
    on The Tonight Show, Ellen and ET! Kyra, an International                                                     ter. She picked up her training quickly because her inner beagle was easily
    best selling author, just released her new book “Do more                                                      motivated by the tid bits she received.
    with your Dog”. Don’t miss a chance to win a book!
                                                                                                                  Finding the right match for Abby was not hard as Neva seemed to be the perfect fit! Alerting Neva to the door-
                                                                              bell was most important but she also practices other sounds such as when the smoke alarm sounds, the oven timer
                                                                                                                  goes off and the Video Relay phone rings.
                                       Service Dogs                                                                                                            Mobile Clinic
                                                                                                                                                              The Olinger family was devastated last May when they found out that their be-
                                                 Tracey is our first recipient of a Service Dog for Post Traumatic                                            loved dog, Harpo, had developed diabetes at the young age of four. To control
                                                 Stress Disorder. We rescued Blaze, a Golden Retriever, from the                                              the disease, they immediately began administering insulin injections twice a day.
                                                 Ventura County Animal Shelter. Blaze was taught to “cover me”,                                               However, despite their care, Harpo soon developed cataracts, an ailment that often
                                                 where he stands in front of Tracey creating a boundary between her                                           accompanies diabetes in dogs. Sadly, and even worse, glaucoma then developed
                                                 and other people; “watch my back”, where he positions himself fac-                                           in both of his eyes, causing Harpo a great deal of pain.
                                                 ing backward; and “balance” which she relies on if she feels she is
                                                 losing her balance. He can also fetch her cell phone and other object                                        As the glaucoma progressed, so did Harpo’s pain. The condition culminated the
                                                 she drops. After nearly a year of training, he is now with Tracey and                                        day after Thanksgiving, when the Olinger family realized that Harpo had be-
                                                 together they are advocating for other veterans.                                                             come completely blind. At this point, the family had only two options: to have
                                                                                                                                                              both eyes removed in an effort to make him more comfortable, or to mercifully
                                                 PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can develop after exposure                                            release him from his pain by putting him to sleep. On one hand, this little dog
                                                 to any events that result in psychological trauma. Studies show that 1                                       was so young, and meant everything to their children. But on the other hand, the
                                                 in 5 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD. Over                                            struggling family had absolutely no way to afford the surgery that would restore
the last 7 years, an estimated 20% or over 300,000 veterans has PTSD. Our dogs are specially selected from local                                              Harpo’s quality of life. Harpo was in severe physical pain, and his family was in
shelters based on their temperament and breed. Most of our Service Dogs will be retrievers or retriever types.                                                agony over the thought of losing him.

                               It is possible to conquer the past and create the future;                                  Desperate and bereaved, the family searched the internet for other options. They
                                      the first step is choosing to take the journey.                                     eventually stumbled upon The Sam Simon Foundation’s website, and two days
                                                                                                                          before the end of the year, e-mailed a desperate plea to our mobile clinic.
                                                                                                                          Five days later, Harpo came in our clinic, and had the first of two surgeries. With
                                                                                                                          the more painful of the two eyes removed, he immediately felt better. So much
                                                                                                                          better, in fact, that when he came back four weeks later for his second surgery, it
                                                                                                                          was determined to be unnecessary at that time.
                                       “Blaze has been charming everyone he
                                       comes into contact with & has fit into our                                                                                 As a result of his first surgery, Harpo was able to keep his remaining eye for
                                       family nicely. He definitely provides a                                                                                    an additional five months, until the pressure in that eye built up to a painful
                                       grounding presence when I wake up startled                                                                                 level and had to be removed as well. And, of course, the surgery was again
                                       in the middle of the night, & his goofy de-                                                                                performed in The Sam Simon Foundation’s mobile veterinary clinic.
                                       meanor keeps both me & Maggie laughing.
                                       If you were to ask me specifically what tan-                                                                               Today, despite having lost both eyes, Harpo is living a happy and pain-free
                                       gible things Blaze does for me, I can rattle                                                                               life. His family has made certain modifications to the house, including put-
                                       off the things that the trainers have taught                                                                               ting a fence around the swimming pool, and Harpo is adjusting beautifully.
                                       him to do to help me. But it’s more than                                                                                   Although he still sometimes bumps into things when he gets excited, he now
                                       that. We’re both helping each other interact                                                                               easily navigates his way throughout the house, knows exactly where the one
                                       with the world outside our doorstep. That                                                                                  step they have is, and is adjusting to being walked in new environments.
                                       unconditional love that he’s showing me                                                                                    Harpo is a lucky little guy to have such a wonderful family who was willing
                                       pushes me to go outside my comfort zone to                                                                                 to do anything to save him.
                                       make myself a better person & help others.”

   Blaze provides balance support      Tracey                                              “Watch my Back” is a skill
                                                                                                                                                   Our Mobile Clinic schedule is:
   for Tracey.                                                                             taught to provide a sense of
                                                                                                                                                   Every Monday, we have our FSC (Free Surgery Clinic). Tuesdays are general spay/neuter
                                                                                                                                                   and pre-exams for the following week’s FSC. Thursdays are County of L.A. spay/neuter.

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                                               Health                                                                                                            Editorial
                                                 Senior Dogs                                                                                     "How we bear to give them away"
So your companion seems to be slowing down a little more at the end of those fun all day weekend hikes you take         People often ask us how we can bear to give away these dogs that we've come to love
together. Maybe a little stiff after chasing that elusive tennis ball on an afternoon walk on the beach? Unfortunate-   so much. Frequently someone will say, "I could never do what you do because I love
ly, time seems to march a little faster for our four-footed canine buds than for us. Still, there are many things we    the dogs too much". I'm sure they don't mean to be offensive when they say that, but
can do to help keep the “Golden Years” happy and active. For those with young dogs, much of what we do when             it does imply that we don't love the dogs as much as they do. Nothing could be further
they are young such as feeding a premium food, appropriate exercise, keeping their environment safe ( at home and       from the truth. Every single dog we lay our hands on, works their way deep into our
on walks), annual Vet visits, give our puppies a big jump on having a long and healthy life. There are many books       hearts. And every time they leave, they take a piece of our hearts with them.
and articles that have very helpful information. Just Google “senior canine health” and find out!
                                                                                                                                                When we get the dogs they are usually filthy (yes, at times mangy),
                                        My long time companion, Keno is beginning to enter that stage of his life.                              smelly, and usually quite ill-mannered. Still, we bring them into
                                        He has always been an active, healthy dog and it’s my intention to keep                                 our homes and hearts; well, after a good bathing anyway. Like a
                                        him that way as long as possible. Dogs have different nutritional needs as                              diamond in the rough, we see the gem underneath and make it our
                                        they get older, just as we do. They require fewer calories due to a slower                              life's mission to teach them what they need to know so they can find
                                        lifestyle along with an increase in protein and possibly fiber to help things                           their 'forever home'.
                                        along. Many excellent premium brands are including a senior formula in
                                        their lines. Evo, Innova and California Natural are just a few outstanding                              When the time comes to start looking for their new home, we go
                                        companies offering senior formulas for a balanced diet that focuses on their                            to great lengths to make sure we are finding the most compatible
                                        special needs. The slightly higher costs of these foods are offset by the                               home for each dog. Occasionally we have to turn down applications
                                        healthier dog in the long run.                                                                          because, in our professional opinion, the match isn't right. We mean no offense. We
                                                                                                                                                only want to ensure that people get the dog that will benefit them, and to prevent the
If you have hardwood or tile flooring, put down soft, thick bedding for sleeping. Even                                                          dog from being returned to us. Every time a dog is 're-homed', it changes who that dog
carpet can be too hard if your dog suffers from hip dysplasia or arthritis. Everything                                                          was. Abandonment affects dogs much the way it affects people. We are their advocate
from memory foam to egg crate mattresses are available to make the nap times comfort-                                                           and we will do everything we can to protect them from physical and emotional turmoil.
able. As their joints get stiffer, those slick floors become more and more difficult to ma-
neuver. Vinyl backed, non-slip rugs give a bit more traction to get their legs under them.                                                      So, what is the answer to that most frequently asked
                                                                                                                                                question...'how can we bear to give away these dogs that
Don’t skimp on regular dental cleanings. The teeth are extremely important in the over-                                                         we've come to love so much'? It's the pictures, and the letters
all health of your dog. Since side-effects of anesthesia increase with age, many Vets are                                                       and the emails. Every time someone who has adopted a dog
offering Anesthesia Free teeth cleaning options for our older dogs. Periodontal disease                                                         from us takes a little time to send us an update, it feeds our
has been found to increase the likelihood of diseases affecting the heart, kidneys, liver                                                       souls and gives us the push we need to keep going.
and brain so don’t forget those pearly whites!
                                                                                                                                                        We remember the sad, scared, dirty little dog and then
Even though my Keno is getting a bit more sedentary, he still enjoys using his Border Collie brain to figure out just                                   we see a picture of a happy, healthy, well adjusted
where that bit of treat is. There are many toys such as the buster cube, molecuball and canine genius that will keep                                    family member and nothing, truly nothing, rewards
their minds stimulated but not involve heavy physical play.                                                                                             us more. When we see that sparkle in their eyes, and
                                                                                                                                                        the smiles on the faces of their families, we know why we're here and why we're
                                There are lots of things we can do to help keep our oldsters comfortable, healthy and                                   doing what we do. And when we read about how well they are doing, it propels
                                happy in the senior years. I can’t cover it all here. They have given us so much in                                     us to go to the shelter and get another dirty, smelly, ill-mannered dog and start
                                their youth, it’s only fair we continue to give our four-footed partners the best we                                    the process all over again. We've seen the happily ever after and we can't wait
                                can as they mature. So don’t stop here and email Gerty (askgerty@samsimonfoun-                                          to make it happen all over again.
                                                                                                                                                        So, thanks for keeping in touch! (hint, hint) ;-)

    Kim Meinhardt and Keno

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                       Career Change Dogs                                                                                  Career Change Dogs
Our professional trainers carefully select dogs from animal shelters by testing them for personality, health and
intelligence. Dogs not interested in becoming Hearing Dogs are adopted into loving ‘forever’ homes.

              Scamp                                 Tanner                                  Yogi                   Arrow          Dante         Jacob

               Ditto                                BoBo                                  Bandit                   Kokua          Lady          Muffin

             Casper                                  Oliver                              Precious                  Ollie          Prince        Sammy

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                                                  Follow-Up                                                                         In Loving Memory
    We offer support for anyone who receives a dog from our Foundation. Whether it be an email, a phone call, or an
    in-home visit. Our goal is for every dog to find their ‘forever home’ and for each person or family to receive the
    companionship that they were looking for.

Chip, aka “Chipper Chug” and Claudia
                                                                              Trio, aka “Dino” and Lisa
  We recently followed up with Chip and Dino, two Certified dogs living in Northern CA. They were both given
  an evaluation of their skills in public which they passed with flying colors! Both Dino and Chip accompany their
  person to a work place as well as a variety of places such as restaurants & shopping areas.                                               Herman
                                            Pet Visitation
                                                                                                                                     SEPARATE LIFETIMES

                                                                                                                                     We who choose to surround ourselves
                                                                                                                                     with lives even more temporary than our
                                                                                                                                     own, live within a fragile circle;
                                                                                                                                     easily and often breached.
                                                                                                                                     Unable to accept its awful gaps,
                                                                                                                                     we would still live no other way.
                                                                                                                                     We cherish memory as the only
                                                                                                                                     certain immortality, never fully
                                                                                                                                     understanding the necessary plan....

                                                                                                                                     --- Irving Townsend ---
Nemo is a Terrier Mix we recently adopted for our Pet                                                                                “The Once Again Prince”
Visitation Program. His front right leg is severely derformed
and unusable. He gets around just fine regardless and loves
visiting people in Assisted Living homes.
                                                                             Boomer is a Certified Hearing Dog. Through no fault
Our dogs love their weekly visits with residents in Assisted                 of his own, he was returned to us. While waiting for
Living homes. The mutual affection is obvious and both dogs                  his new placement, he tags along on our visits and
and humans benefit greatly.                                                  spreads his social charm.
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                                         Highlights                                                                                                       Keeping In Touch
                                         Alex is a 2 year old German Short Haired Pointer that was rescued from
                                         isolation in a yard. He was being fed and looked after by a neighbor                                                   “Thank you again. Charley is still                                    “We are so lucky
                                         (and father to one of the foundation trainers) who also bought him a few                                               wonderful. He has gone with us to                                       to have adopted
                                         comfort items. But for this very social dog, he was looking at a life of                                                Tempe and Lake Tahoe and visiting                                       Ducky...he
                                                                                                                                                                 family all over the state since I                                        KNOWS when
                                         uncertainty. Fortunately, the owners eventually gave ownership of Alex                                                   have written you. The comment I                                          it's time to
                                         to the foundation and thus began his new life. After a month of learning                                                 hear most when I tell people you                                          take the kids
                                         how to live with us as a house dog, he was adopted by a very caring and                                                   got him from the shelter is, “How                                   to school and pick
  Before                                 compassionate family. Here is what they say…                                                                              could anyone give that dog up?”                            them up. He LOVES car
                                                                                                                                                                    We took him on lots of runs                      rides, he goes everywhere!!”
                                                                                                                                                                     when we were training for a 1/2
                                   “We are soon approaching our 6 months of having                                                                                   marathon, we have to carry a                   Trisha O.
                                                                                                                                                                      collapsible water bowl. I think
                                   Alex, and wanted to drop you a note and some fresh                                                                                 running helps his knee, he
                                   photos mostly from today which I took in order to                                                                                doesn’t limp when he is running
                                   share this with you... Well, you won’t be surprised that                                                      and his hindquarters are really strong.
                                   Alex has completely transformed-- it is unbelievable.                                              Once again, we cannot thank you enough. We will try to get
                                   Still super sweet and fun loving, but his posture is so                                            down for the Howloween event this year so you can see him.”
                                   relaxed and he is so open and at ease at home you can’t                                            Kathryn P. and Larry S.
                                   imagine this dog was a pacer. I guess with exercise
                                   and lots of affection and a few good months and he is
                                   opening up, and turns out his favorite activity is now…
                                   Sleeping! Who knew? He and Billy have a great
                                   routine going…we can’t believe this dog was left to live
                                   in the backyard. He is the most cuddly and affectionate
                                   dog and it breaks my heart to think of him being left
                                   alone outside. Thanks for saving him!!!”
                                                                                                                        Lori,                                                                                 “Oliver”
                                                                                                                        We love Jake sooooo                                                                   He is so happy. And so am I!
                                                                                                                        much & he gives us                                                                                              ~ Kelly B.
                                                                                                                        much more to our liv
                                                                                                                        we’d always do the     best
                                                                                                                                                 e                                              “Brandi and I wanted to touch base since it’s been
                                                                                                                         for him and I think w                                                  ages. We are in Portland working on the TV series
                                                                                                                         are on the right track                                                 Leverage. Brandi and I were playing ball and she
                                                                                                                         A few months ag    oI
                                                                                                                                                   ler                                          jumped off a bench and landed yelping. She had
                                                                                                                          bought him a pet strol                                                surgery on Friday for a cruciated ligament. Her Mom
                                                                                                                          cause he does like  our
                                                                                                                                                    as                                          is having a tough time caring for her post surgery
                                                                                                                          walks. He can’t walk                                                  since she won’t pee. I’m fortunate I have a support
                                                                                                                          far as Barney , so afte                                               team of Vet friends. ... The Portland Vet is his friend
                                                                                                                           awhile he goes in the                           s
A Hearing Dog in public places…                                                                                                                     g out & about! He ha                        who patented a device for this
                                                                                                                           stroller & enjoys bein                           &
                                                                                                                                                      on our walks, human                       surgery. I understand there are
                                                                                                                           made so many friends
When we certify a dog for public, we are saying that each dog has received at least 20 or more hours of training that                               to see him.                                 two types and we opted for a
                                                                                                                           canine & all are glad
includes socialization and obedience in a public setting such as a department or grocery store. Because a Hearing                                     u rescued him, so we                      surgery which may take less
                                                                                                                            We are so thankful yo                          re-
Dog is rewarded for responding to specific household sounds, they are naturally attentive to everyday sounds out in                                   a forever home. We                        recovery time. ... I got a green
                                                                                                                            w ere able to give him                           &
public such as cars driving by, people approaching and sudden sounds. These sounds are something a person with                                       gs, they need the love                     buggy for our walks. She still
                                                                                                                            ally love the older do
hearing would naturally recognize or acknowledge. For some deaf or hard of hearing people, having a Hearing Dog                                       glad to give.                             likes to get out!”
they can watch provides that same awareness.                                                                                care we are willingly
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                                        Ask Gerty...                                                                                                             Puppy Puzzles
                                                                                                                                                                “Name That Dog!...”
                               Dear Gerty,                                                                          Unscramble the letters to reveal each of these dogs’ names:
                               I have a dog that is timid and shy. She is very shy when visitors come into
                               the house and timid out on our walks or when I take her places. I would
                               love to see her feel more confident. Do you have any suggestions?
                                                                                            Hopeful in L.A.

                                                                                                                             SEJO                           OURAGEC                      ZABLE                 LIVE

Dear Hopeful,

Shy and timid dogs can generally learn to become more confident as
some of this behavior may have been learned and some may be genetic.
The following are suggestions that can to help your dog and are good
for any dog:
                                                                                                                           R A K LY                             NANTER                   MAMYS               ACERIG
•      Teach your dog a “Watch” command. Teaching your dog to
look up at your face will give her a boost of confidence and prepare her for other types of learning.
                            • Teach your dog a trick. You can use your dog’s meal and teach her to                                                  WORD SEARCH                                              OVENTIMER
                            work for the kibble by hand feeding a few kibbles at a time as she learns a
                                                                                                                V     B     F     C     S     G     I       Z   P   C   A   T   W    O   W   L   P   A   W   HEARINGDOG
                                                                                                                E     H     S     A     M     T     A       K   E   I   T   E   V    A   E   L   Q   P   I
                            • Teach others how to pet your dog. A timid dog will usually crouch and             S     A     O     D     O     L     S       C   G   C   O   V   E    R   M   E   T   P   T   SERVICEDOG
                            lower her head when being petted because people generally reach for a
                                                                                                                T     N     U     O     K     V     H       O   D   H   L   A   N    U   C   F   J   L   S   NUDGE
                            dog’s head. When others are petting your dog, have them reach for her
                                                                                                                A     S     N     H     E     R     E       O   U   E   W   P   B    K   U   N   D   S   T   CHECKITOUT
                            chest or chin instead of her head. This will be less intimidating and encour-
                            age a timid dog to hold her head up and become more confident with pets.            Y     W     K     O     A     N     A       N   N   C   M   Q   H    N   U   E   F   O   A
                                                                                                                T     P     Y     R     L     S     R       A   T   K   T   U   A    O   W   P   G   R   E   TAKEIT
                                                                                                                D     O     L     K     A     T     I       P   B   I   L   R   G    D   N   O   A   R   R   LEAVEIT
•      Set up an obstacle course for your dog. There are agility kits for fun that you can purchase
                                                                                                                F     G     U     L     R     H     N       K   S   T   M   A   A    M   Q   E   D   Y   T   LIGHTS
through a variety of online stores. Teaching your dog to move
through and on top of obstacles is a fun way to give her more confi-                                            J     U     E     C     M     G     G       P   J   O   I   E   S    J   A   C   V   E   R
dence.                                                                                                          B     I     R     D     H     I     D       A   Z   U   L   K   R    U   T   B   A   N   G   COVERME
                                                                                                                F     R     S     P     B     L     O       C   K   T   I   E   V    A   E   L   E   V   I   STAY
                                                                                                                H     M     I     N     E     P     G       O   D   E   C   I   V    R   E   S   B   O   O   TOUCH
If your dog is shy with people, ask visitors to your home to avoid eye
contact and essentially ignore your dog. Once your dog realizes that
the visitors are not seeking her attention, she will feel more confident
to approach on her own and may even sniff your visitor. After sev-                                                                                    CRYPTOGRAM
eral interactions like this from different people, you may notice your dog soliciting attention from the        Decipher the secret code to figure out this statement” Hint = H is e and W is t
guest(s). It won’t take long before your dog is comfortable and enjoys attention from new people.
                                                                                                                    “Vdylqj wkh olyhv ri grjv                  “______ ___ ___________
                                                                                              Best always,
                                                                                                                wr hqulfk wkh olyhv ri shrsoh”              __ ______ ___ _____ __ ______”
                                                                                                                                                                                                             8=Gracie   2=Courage
                                                                                                                                                                                                             7=Sammy    1=Jose
                                                                                                                                                                                                             6=Tanner   “Name that Dog”
                                                                                                                                                                                                             5=Karly    Answers:
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                                                                                                                 Cryptogram answer is on the front cover.                                                    4=Levi     “Name That Dog”
                                         This & That                                                                                   

                         “Until Tuesday”
                         ‘A Wounded Warrior and
                         the Golden Retriever                       Become a fan of The Sam Simon Foundation on
                                                                    ‘facebook’. We post pictures and videos of our dogs
                         Who Saved Him’                             and share stories about their pasts and hopes for their
                         By Fmr. Captain Luis                       future. It’s also a great way to make connections with
                         Carlos Montalvan with                      other members of the animal loving community.
                         Bret Witter

This book gives great insight into the life of a com-
bat veteran with PTSD and the bond that develops                                                                                        Gracie                                Gerty
between him and his service dog. And the best part
is that nobody dies in the end!                                      Our new twitter account is:
                                                                     Please follow us and keep up with what’s
                                                                     new!                                                                            Teena
                         Our first PTSD Service Dog was featured on Memorial Day
                         in The Daily News. The photographer for this story, Hans
                         Gutknecht, followed Blaze’s training for 8 months. Check
                         out the online story and pictures!



                                  4 PAWS UP                                                                                                                          Elsa

 We have a new rating system for anything dog related that we think deserves a “4 paws up”. These products
 get the most use on a regular basis. Check ‘em out! Most can be found at your local pet store.

 •   Cotton throw pads sold on These versatile heavy pads are excellent for the car, couch
     or anywhere that you need something with padding and can provide comfort.
 •   Kirkland dog beds sold at Costco. We can’t seem to have enough of these large and inexpensive                                                                                    Deliliah
     beds. We love that the bed covers can be washed and the dogs (especially the small ones) enjoy curl-
     ing up in the middle to snuggle in.
 •   Chicken jerky tenders sold at any pet store including Costco. This is 100% chicken that has been
     dried to resemble jerky and has become a daily bedtime treat!                                                            Chumley

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