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Service dog versus Emotional Support Dog

At Paws for Purple Hearts we work every day with dogs to dramatically improve the lives of America’s injured Warriors. Our dogs are very special.

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10 Years of PPH

Paws for Purple Hearts is proud to celebrate 10 years of improving the lives of Veterans and Active Duty Service Members facing mobility challenges and trauma-related conditions. Over the past [...]

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ADI Accreditation and What It Means for PPH

ADI stands for Assistance Dogs International. This crucial group defines the standards and develops the best practices by which the service dog industry as a whole operates. Member organizations [...]

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PPH Dogs Remain Cool, Calm and Collected Around Cats

Puppies aren’t the only small four-legged friends we have at PPH. Did you know that several of our training centers actually have cats (and in some cases, guinea pigs)? Can you guess why?

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Paws for Purple Hearts Achieves Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International

Penngrove, Calif. – Paws for Purple Hearts, an assistance dog program dedicated to improving the lives of America’s Warriors (Veterans and Active Duty Service Members) facing mobility challenges [...]

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Girl Scout Partners with Paws for Purple Hearts for her Gold Award Project

A brand new storage shed has been constructed for Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH) at the Welcome Center on the Menlo Park VA campus. Dana Souter, an Ambassador in Girl Scout Troop 61634, partnered [...]

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How to Interact with a Service Dog in Public

Few things bring more instant joy than interacting with a dog or puppy you just became acquainted with. With the pandemic causing a spike in dog ownership and many using the daily cadence of dog [...]

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Rosie’s Helps Team Virginia Start 2021 in Style

Paws for Purple Hearts Team Virginia started the year on a happy note when, on January 8, 2021, service dog in training Scout tried his luck at Rosie’s Gaming Emporium’s new location in Dumfries, [...]

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Facility Dog Ralph Improves the Lives of Warriors and Healthcare Heroes at the VA

A facility dog’s role is to boost morale, build a welcoming atmosphere and promote healing for Warriors in a clinical setting. In his first year at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic in San Jose, [...]

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The Heart of Paws for Purple Hearts

Program instructors are the heart of our organization. They are the ones who train our dogs. They a whole lot of soul into training each top-notch assistance dog and providing Canine-Assisted [...]