Dogs are known to be man's best friend. Those who live or interact with service dogs know that firsthand.
Phil Anderson is one of many veterans who enjoy the company of service dogs. His dog Oreo, a black lab, is trained to do many tasks. Oreo can turn on a light switch, retrieve a walking cane and bring it to you and do various other things. Although Anderson and Oreo have only been together for a few days, they are quickly forming a strong relationship.
“Bonding with him, it's kind of like you find the right car, you find the right dog and you feel that connection right away and they can sense it with you,” says Anderson.
Anderson and Oreo were brought together by Retrieving Freedom, a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs to live with disabled veterans and children with autism. Retrieving Freedom held an event at Elkhorn South High School on Sunday that showed how service dogs have helped disabled veterans.
The dogs showed some of the ways in which they help their veteran and the veterans shared stories of how the dogs have helped them. “When you're in the service you always have a 'battle buddy.' Once you're out you don't have that battle buddy anymore and they kind of replace them, which is nice to have.”