Congratulations to Recipient, BJ and her Super #ServiceDog, Wilson!  Paired back in 2011, BJ & Wilson have been absolutely Rocking their beautiful New Normal, and now, they’ve both graduated from Santa Fe College, where BJ earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia & video production technology. Both BJ and Wilson looked the perfect pair in their matching graduation caps.

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Recipient, Dustin & Service Dog, Spangle pose with the check from Penguins Foundation

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs was honored to receive a $20,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation which was awarded at a ceremony on May 21, 2019.

Our Pittsburgh Regional Development Director, Jack Wagner was on hand, along with Guardian Angels’ Recipient Dustin and his Service Dog, Spangle to receive the check from Mr. Dave Soltesz, President of the Penguin Foundation.

Clearly, Super Service Dog, Spangle was very excited to see Guardian Angels receive the funds to train another amazing service dog, just like her!

Many thanks to PNC Bank for connecting us to the Penguins Foundation through their amazing Mutt Strut Events, coming up again this year in Pittsburgh, Erie and Dayton.

Mutt Strut Erie will be held at UPMC Park, Home of the Seawolves on August 10, 2019 from 10-1pm.

Mutt Strut Pittsburgh will be held at Frick Park on September 14, 2019 10-1pm.

Dayton will be held 10-2 in Eastwood Metro Park on October 19, 2019 from 10-2pm.

For information on the Mutt Strut events, please visit:

Here’s the full text from the press release, issued May 24, 2019:

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Awarded Grant from The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation

Jack Wagner from Guardian Angels, Recipient, Dustin & Service Dog, Spangle accept the grant funds from Mr. Dave Soletsz, President of the Penguin Foundation.

Pittsburgh, PA (Send2PressNewswire): Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is proud to announce that on May 21, 2019, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation announced a grant award in the amount of $20,000 to our organization. Pittsburgh Regional Development Director for Guardian Angels, Jack Wagner, along with Recipient, Dustin and his Service Dog, Spangle were on hand to accept the check from Mr. Dave Soltesz, President of the Penguin Foundation.

These valuable funds will be put straight to work, to help us train a medical service dog for a deserving person in need, and to make a difference for those who are struggling with conditions such as: PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizure disorders, Diabetic alert, and/or mobility issues.

Abbey Braddock, Manager of Foundation Programs for the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation stated: “We’re so proud to support such a wonderful organization”.

Asked about the grant award, Guardian Angels Founder & CEO, Carol Borden said: “On behalf of those we serve, I wish to extend my deepest appreciation to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation for recognizing the tremendous need to take care of those with disabilities. Because of your generosity, we are able to provide long term care to another deserving recipient.”

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501(C)3 with a mission to rescue, raise, train and then donate the finest medical service dogs to veterans, first-responders, children  and other civilians who struggle with the effects of disabilities such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, seizure & diabetic disorders and mobility issues. Since 2010, we have donated nearly 300 individually trained, federally protected medical service dogs to those in need.  With up to 1,500 hours of training per dog, it is a long process, but worth every moment when you see the results of Unleashing the Power to Heal, and the life-saving, life-changing difference it makes for our recipients. For more information on our program, please visit our website at:

John & his Service Dog, Ranger

Veteran John sits down with Andy Davis to talk about the experiences that led to his #PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, logo

  • And how his Service Dog, Ranger saved his life.
  • This powerful story gives some true insight into the need for Medical Service Dogs.
  • Many thanks to WorralWind Studios for the photos of John.

Please note that this podcast contains some adult language, and vivid descriptions of combat situations.

If you’d like more information about the #AndyDavisBand Concert coming up, and the full day of events coming up at #WhisperingPinesFarm on June 15th, please visit our event page at:

Andy Davis Bands Live Benefit Concert

And learn more about the full day of activities at Festival in the Woods at Whispering Pines farm that same day


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