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Meet Delta Dog, Our Veteran Service Pup

Meet Delta Dog, Our Veteran Service Pup

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Many of us have had the privilege of raising a dog and appreciate the life-changing nature of this experience. More than a mere pet, our furry friends embody loyalty and unconditional love where humans often fall short. They cheer us up when we’re down, listen to us vent, and ask for little in return- except for the occasional belly rub or treat, of course. 

It’s one of the reasons K9s for Warriors, an organization dedicated to ending veteran suicide, began. This program rescues, trains, and matches service dogs with military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma. For our nation’s heroes, this bond can do more than just change lives- it can save them, facilitating a path to mutual healing and recovery. 

Since the beginning, Hometown Hero has been committed to the support of veterans, so naturally, we had to team up with this amazing organization. Early last year, we donated $35,000 to sponsor a service pup named Delta

Delta’s Journey to Become a Service Dog

Like the other pups in the program, Delta’s training to become a service dog lasted 6 to 8 months. We got to follow his amazing journey every step of the way, like proud parents watching their children grow. 

Here are a few of Delta’s milestone moments with K9s for Warriors, with quotes we received directly from his training updates:

AUGUST 6TH, 2023

group of service dogs running together happily

“Guess who's back? That's right, it's Delta, your friendly service dog in training! I've been putting my paw to the pavement, training up a storm lately. Seriously, it's been non-stop action, day in and day out…  I'm giving it my all in every skill I tackle. I'm aiming for that solid 110% effort across the board. Perfecting my skills for my future warrior has been an absolute blast. I'm wagging with anticipation to make them beam with pride!”


service dog sitting obediently

"I've been the best boy according to my trainer! She's been telling me what a good boy I am all the time now…  I know that all of my practice will pay off when I see how happy my future Warrior is with me by their side…  My trainer says my goofy personality is sure to make anyone smile. I'm not too goofy. You should have a little fun in life. What's the crime in that? Well, I've gotta get back to training.”

Our Continued Commitment to Veterans

adorable service dog laying down

Delta has since been matched with a Warrior, Sarah, and they both graduated from the program in late October. 

graduation certificate of Delta and Sarah

We’re happy to see the difference K9s for Warriors has made in their life and are excited to continue giving back to our veterans through organizations such as these. That's why a portion of our proceeds go to veteran support efforts. When you make any purchase from Hometown Hero, you are helping us fulfill our mission and change lives.

Until next time, happy exploring, and mind your mind,

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