Blake Sowers, Apprentice at Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs and US Army Veteran, joined the Guardian Angels team in July 2022.
“I joined the Army in 2002 because I wanted to do my part in defending my country after the attacks on 9-11. I served for 13 years, and throughout my time, I realized that service members respond differently to each deployment. Some come home unaffected, yet others don’t fare the same. The invisible wounds matter to GAMSD, and being a part of this mission is an invaluable way I can still be of service,” said Blake.
Blake’s “Why” for Working With Guardian Angels
As a veteran, Blake believes in the mission of Guardian Angels to help veterans and first responders receive the service dogs they need. Blake said that Guardian Angels has a vital mission. They recognized a lack of service dogs for veterans and first responders, and they acted.
“This is the same reason that I’m here. The recipients of our dogs have put themselves in difficult situations for the betterment of others, and this is something we/I can do to give back. Being a veteran, I take my job very seriously. From the second I arrive at work, I am focused on making the best service dogs in the country. The mission to bring these excellent dogs to veterans in need is my most fulfilling job. I wake up each day excited to go to work, knowing what I do today will impact veterans tomorrow,” said Blake.
What Blake Wants You To Know About Working at Guardian Angels
“When I arrived at GAMSD, I had a Plott hound mix in my section. Zelda is a beautiful dog and not a German Shepard! I quickly discovered that GAMSD rescues dogs that they think will fit into their service dog program. This is really great. Too many dogs wind up in shelters, a mission that GAMSD has taken upon itself to help. They rescue several dogs a year, and through training and veterinary care, they impact rescues in our area,” said Blake.
Want to learn more about the apprenticeship program at Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs? Check out our Apprentice Trainer Program page!