An incredible day in Pittsburgh, as we celebrated our Passing of the Leash Ceremony at Duquesne University on June 12, 2018.

Guests enjoying a delicious luncheon, while hearing the heart-warming stories of our recipients, and how their incredible service dogs have changed their lives.

A friend’s paw: Veterans celebrate with their service dogs

Story by Linda Wilson Fuoco for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“The Florida-based nonprofit that has partnered highly trained service dogs with 21 local military veterans will break ground in October on a multimillion-dollar dog breeding and training facility in Robinson, Washington County.

One of Pittsburgh’s highest profile military veterans has been hired as general contractor. RBVetCo is owned and operated by Rocky Bleier, a veteran of  the Vietnam War and Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers teams.

When the facility opens at the end of 2019, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc. will be able to double the number of trained dogs it places with veterans each year — from 50 to 100 dogs.

Carol Borden, who founded Guardian Angels in 2009, trains the dogs in Williston, Fla. There are 80 dogs and puppies — most of them German shepherds — in that program at any given time. About 20 percent are homeless dogs taken from animal shelters. Training each dog costs $22,000-$25,000 and takes 18 months. Veterans pay nothing”…

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Photography & Videography Credit to: Andrew Rush

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