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Congrats to the Grads!

 In Client Training, Graduation, Service Dog Training, Service Dogs, Training

Let’s give a big round of applause to our newest Assistance Dog graduates! This past March, our San Antonio team hosted the most recent Client Training and Assistance Dog Graduation ceremony, celebrating our two newest Assistance Dog Teams. For those who may not know what Client Training entails, it is two intensive weeks of training where both humans and canines work together to learn and understand each other. There, they take their first steps to build a lifelong bond and relationship. After successfully completing Client Training, we honored and celebrated these two teams at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Main Campus, sponsored by our partners at the Center for Military Affiliated Students. Our graduation ceremony was held on March 30th and the Texas weather could not have been better to have all of our community members join us to celebrate. Not only that, but we were able to have Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) as our Keynote Speaker at our graduation ceremony! Now let’s meet our two new Assistance Dogs!

Congressman Tony Gonzales as Keynote Speaker.
Congressman Tony Gonzales as Keynote Speaker.

Our Spring 2024 Grads!

First, we would like to introduce Service Dog Eaton. She is a beautiful, black Labrador Retriever who is 3 years old and was raised and trained at our San Antonio, TX site. She loves to snuggle with her favorite humans and also enjoys playtime with her canine friends! During her training, she participated in our Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy® program and positively impacted many Veterans who came through our doors. She is now fulfilling her purpose by progressing onto her next chapter as a Service Dog. Eaton’s calm demeanor and gentle spirit make her the perfect match for Marc!

Next, we would like to introduce Facility Dog David. He is a handsome Labrador and Golden Retriever cross who turned 3 this April and was raised and trained at our Ruther Glen, VA site. David has the calmest personality and is always down for a snuggle! He has the most beautiful eyes and he loves to give gentle kisses. He also enjoys running around with his soccer ball on his off time! His calm temperament and relaxing energy make him the perfect Facility Dog for Staci!

We couldn’t be more excited to see these two new teams complete their training and be celebrated for all of their hard work over the last two to three years. These two newly appointed Assistance Dogs are off on their new adventures with their new handlers, and we are so excited to see all of the things they accomplish!

Congrats to our new Assistance Dog teams Marc and Eaton
Congrats to our new Assistance Dog teams Staci and David!
Congrats to our new Assistance Dog teams Marc and Eaton, and Staci and David!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We are beyond grateful for all of the support and generous donations and sponsorships we received this year and for all of those who helped make this event such a huge success. Thank you to UTSA’s CMAS office, Rudy’s BBQ, Krazy Katsu, Costco, Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, The Daughters of the American Revolution: James McHenry Chapter, and our individual sponsors! We are looking forward to the next Client Training and Graduation we get to host, so be on the lookout on our social media for updates! Keep up to date with us and our future events by following us on our Facebook page at @PPHSanAntonio, or our Instagram at @pawsforpurplehearts.tx.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make Client Training and Graduation a success!
Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make Client Training and Graduation a success!

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