ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich., Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "Rescuing One To Rescue Another" is the mission for Stiggy's Dogs,* a 501(c)(3) organization (www.stiggysdogs.org) that rescues and trains shelter canines to be service dogs for military Veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The dogs are paired with a Veteran and together they train to meet the Veteran's individual needs. Stiggy's Dogs offers the pairing lifetime support, all at no cost to the Veteran.$25 TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE: www.tinyurl.com/09-17-16-Save-The-Date
"My Service Dog truly rescues me, is the sentiment expressed by Veterans who are deployed or partnered with Stiggy's Dogs," according to Jennifer Petre, Founder of the Brighton, Michigan-based charity. "All dogs pass the Canine Good Citizen™ Certification test and then are paired with their handlers for further training. It takes a full year to train an individually selected and monitored rescue dog to become a service companion for a Veteran. To select and accept an animal for Stiggy's Dogs specialized training and service capabilities, we search for specific and essential criteria such as behavior, compassion, and intelligence."
Continues Petre, "It is almost like an arranged marriage, a unique and compelling bond between our dog and the Veteran when they train together and later, when they live together. We pair our dogs with service men and women, who also go through a thorough screening process including honorable discharge status, disability medical diagnosis and the demonstrated ability to take care of the dog. Once deployed, we re-evaluate Stiggy's Dogs every year thereafter."
"My hope is to make a positive impact in the community by recognizing all Heroes," says Christina Bournias, Author of !woof Nicodemus™ and Organizer of the 'Heroes Rock' event. "$25 Eventbrite tickets are available at www.tinyurl.com/09-17-16-Save-The-Date. We encourage attendees to come enjoy the music and artwork for a good cause. And, of course, service dogs are welcome." The day will include live entertainment at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. by The Jimmy Jack Band (www.jimmyjackmusic.com), a popular Cleveland, Ohio trio—featuring Jimmy Jack, a Romeo, Michigan, hometown native; and Chicago's Artist—Shayne Taylor with Shayne Art (www.shaynart.com)—'sweet' artwork; refreshments and silent auction.
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