Joey and 3½ year old yellow lab Katrina have been working together as a team for more than two years. Joey suffered a TBI when he retired from the military but continues to make great strides in his ongoing recovery with Katrina always by his side. Joey and Katrina recently took up the team sport of Agility.

It began with his trainer in NY and Joey recently had the opportunity to visit and work at the Agility training facility of the 2016 Westminster Agility Champion where their love for the sport flourished.  Agility is a high-energy competition, for which canine competitors have to weave around a series of poles, fly through a tunnel and climb down a teetering board. It takes hours of work to perfect precision and speed.

Joey’s dad sent us a video of Joey and Katrina practicing their agility routine. His dad said, “Joe & Katrina are working on silent commands and agility.  I never expected Joey to be able to do something like this.  Katrina is pushing him to new levels of awareness.

Joey & Katrina

Veteran Jerry uses a wheelchair to navigate through his daily life. He and 3½ year old Golden Retriever, Storm, work together like a well-oiled machine. Storm is always present at Jerry’s side and assists him with his daily activities, which enables Jerry to be independent.

Jerry recently sent this e-mail to VMF’s  lead trainer. “There are many things Storm likes to do. His favorite is getting me ready for a bath. I can’t remove my pants or socks so Storm has a way of helping. 

First I kick my shoes off and he picks up one shoe at a time and gives it to me to place on the counter. Next he pulls off my pants one leg at a time and hands them to me. Then he pulls off my socks and gives them to me. The final step is to retrieve clean clothes, first the socks and finally the pants.

Storm absolutely loves helping but I find it interesting when he helps with my bath, everything has to be done in specific order. Storm continues to be amazing!”

Jerry & Storm