Katie & Morph

Morph: “My bright ray of sunshine” Service dog cheers client with traumatic brain injury On what should have been a magical honeymoon, Katie’s life took a shattering turn. She and her husband were horseback riding when Katie fell off her horse and ruptured the arteries in the back of her neck, resulting in a massive…

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Hansen & Brogue

Hansen hits home run with all-star service dog Next time you’re at a Colorado Rockies home game, keep your eyes open for a smiling young man accompanied by a happy yellow Labrador in a Freedom Service Dogs vest. That’ll be Hansen and Brogue, the most popular ushers at Coors Field—and one of FSD’s excellent client-dog…

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Gary & Halo

In June 2012, Gary’s world turned upside down–in every way–when the 3.5-ton forklift he was driving blew a tire and overturned, crushing him. Seven weeks later, he awoke in the hospital to learn he had lost his right arm and right leg in the accident. Gary underwent extensive therapy and was fitted with prosthetics for…

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Danyelle & Zeva

“Zeva is like a part of me. I don’t know how I ever survived without her.” – Danyelle, only two months in with her new service dog I got sick when I was just four years old. I don’t remember what life was like before I got sick and as a result, I didn’t realize…

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Dianna & Decker

On March 8, International Women’s Day, we honored the strength and resiliency of Dianna and her service dog Decker. As a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Dianna joined the Army to gain experience as a military police officer. After passing the final physical test, her superior officer called her into his…

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Dorothy & Wheeler

“M.S. makes walking extremely difficult and falls are frequent. Just crossing a familiar room has to be planned in advance (what are the obstacles, what can I hold on to, etc.), but Wheeler takes this stress away because he does the navigating, helps me get up, and I can always hold on to him and…

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Chuck & Bowser

Caucasian man with glasses and orange shirt hugging fluffy golden retriever

In 2002, a terrible car crash changed Chuck’s life forever. He suffered a traumatic brain injury that forced him to relearn how to talk and walk, and has been diagnosed with PTSD and depression. Today, Chuck can walk, but his mobility remains limited due to balance issues caused by his brain injury. In 2017, Chuck’s…

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Blake & Ziggy

We heard about Freedom Service Dogs and some of the life-changing work they were doing in our community. We were hopeful that the right kind of service dog could do wonders for our son, Blake. At the age of two, Blake was diagnosed with Autism. He struggles with loud noises, wandering off, holding a conversation,…

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Jon & Solar

Jon is a bright, witty young man who lives on his own and doesn’t like asking anyone for help—but due to his muscular dystrophy, he uses a wheelchair and has had to rely on other people to open heavy doors and pick up things he drops. That all changed when Jon was matched with a…

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Jose & Kanga

Retired Staff Sergeant Jonathan Jose Castillo and his Freedom Service Dog, Kanga, graduated in December 2015. During the graduation ceremony, clients have the opportunity to share their story, and what the gift of receiving a Freedom Service Dog means to them. Jose’s speech was beyond moving, bringing the audience to their feet for a standing…

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