On February 25th, Patriot Service Dogs will send off a trio of golden retrievers our team has come to know as The Triplets--Norman, Auggie, and Captain (they will be joined by their younger pal, Cutter as well). In truth, two of the three boys are biological brothers, and one was born to a different mother, but they’ve always been raised and trained as “The Triplets,” or “The Boys,” “The Brothers,” “The Golden Boys.” Because all three were donated to PSD by our long-time friend, Traci Thompson, at Country Goldens, we sometimes refer to them as “Traci’s Three.” But all these collective titles will soon be nicknames of their puppyhood as they graduate from training with their veterans and start their new lives, not as members of a brotherhood trio, but as members of a veteran/service dog team duo.
Graduations are always bittersweet for our community of Weekend Raisers and trainers who put so much time and love into our dogs, but training service dogs is a cycle of graduations and puppies. This has never been clearer to us than it is this year; because as we send off these three boys, three little girls are ready to take their place in the cycle!
PSD, meet the new “triplets!”
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The New Triplets:
Like the original triplets, our new trio is made up of two biological siblings and an adopted sibling born in the same month and raised alongside the pair. And just like Norman, Auggie, and Captain, they are already showing us their very different personalities. But, instead of three boys, we have three girls in this group and instead of three golden retrievers, we have two Labrador Retrievers—one a yellow lab and one a red fox lab--and a Rottie, so they are much easier to tell apart in photos! All three girls are lucky to have the support of amazing sponsors who are closely following their progress through updates and photos. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them yet, here’s an introduction!
This gorgeous red fox lab comes to us from Iron Hill Retrievers in Iowa and is sponsored by the Jacaranda Isles Neighborhood. Her sponsorship continues our close relationship with Jacaranda Isles who also sponsored Cutter, one of our graduates next month—another turn in the cycle! Bo Bear (her friends just call her Bear) is named in honor of Bo Brown, a Marine veteran. Of the three triplets, Bear is the most reserved, but her calm nature should not be mistaken for fearfulness. Bear recently went on her first outdoor adventure and loved kayaking, hiking, and chasing butterflies! She is our little adventurer! And she’s not so little—she was actually the largest of the triplets at their last vet visit. Although her training has just begun, we have high hopes for Bo Bear!
Biological sister of Bear and our second Iron Hill Retriever pup, Millie is sponsored by Mrs. Mary Miller and named in honor of the Miller family name. Her nickname in the WOOF Program gives some insight into her personality—Monster Millie! This little girl is fearless and confident! As a puppy still learning her manners, it sometimes looks like she’s leading her fellow triplets into mischief (hence the nickname), but we see great potential in her personality. Once she begins the next phase of her training and learns to use her skills in a public setting, her confident personality will serve her well. We are excited to watch her take on the world!
In this group of triplets, Dolley is our adopted sibling, but you’d never guess it when they’re all rolling around in one big ball of puppy! Dolley is sponsored by Douglas Brodbeck, who is her number one fan and cheerleader. She is named after the fourth First Lady of the United States, Dolley Madison (Mrs. Madison spelled her name with an “e,” so our Dolley does too), who saved an original portrait of George Washington when the British army burned the White House during the War of 1812. Our little Dolley is showing the spirit of her namesake! She is whip-smart and always up for a challenge. Soon, she will be heading out on her first trip with one of our Weekend Raiser couples!
The Cycle Continues:
Just like the original triplets we are preparing to graduate with veterans in need, these three girls love to play and train together. They will spend much of the next two years in each other’s company, but they are destined for individual paths. We cannot even begin to imagine where their paths will take them, but we are excited to join in their journey.