PLANO, Texas — An abandoned German Shepard puppy has found a loving new home last June as a service dog for disabled U.S. Army veteran Jay Fondren.
The pup, who is named Storm after she was found tied up in a local Texas park during a severe thunderstorm, was taken to Plano Animal Services where she was treated for multiple infections before being trained up as a service dog by staff at Rebuilding Warriors, a not-for-profit organization that specializes in matching service dogs with army veterans.
Having graduated last week, Storm is now ready to be passed on to her new handler. Trained in assisting with PTSD treatment and wheelchair mobility, she will be a perfect match for Fondren, who lost both of his legs when his vehicle was struck by roadside bombs while on duty in Iraq.
Storm is the third pup to be trained as a service dog, or “battle buddy,” by Rebuilding Warriors. Jackie Konold, who trained Storm, said that while being a service dog is “not something any dog you pull out of the shelter can do… they can still be wonderful immediate companions.”