He can’t wait for winter!
Get to know our featured dog in training
Nickname: Tater Bean
Breed: Labrador retriever
Source: Tater was one of four puppies born to Mochi, a rescue dog who was pregnant when she arrived at FSD in 2018. After attending Colorado’s Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program for four months, Tater was fostered by volunteer Cathy Kennedy in FSD’s Puppy-Raising Club. He is now working with FSD Trainer Lisa Krieger on advanced skills and has been matched with a U.S. veteran.
Identifying feature: His always happy and contagious smile
Personality: Smart, eager, playful, and loving
Superpower: Resting his head on people’s laps to comfort them
Silliest habit: Catching snowflakes with his tongue
Favorite thing he’s learning: Nudging people when they tap their toes or fingers
Favorite cue: “Leash” (Tater picks up his leash and places it in his handler’s hand)
Best quality: Wants to please
Happiest moment: Splashing in the kiddie pools and chasing the water from sprinklers
Future outlook: Service dog for a veteran with post-traumatic stress (PTS)
Quote from Tater: “Whenever you need me, I’ll be there for you.”