Fun Fact Fridays

It’s Fun Fact Friday ! Are you ready for some fun??

1/8/2021- Happy New Year! Today’s Fun Fact is about Veteran Michelle! Michelle’s fun fact is that she is the program coordinator for Veterans Treatment Courts in Harris County while also working on my Masters in Addiction Counseling at Texas Tech!

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12/11/2020-Our Fun Fact Friday for today is that it is Honor’s first birthday! She is such an amazing little girl, learning so many skills for her Veteran! It’s been so much fun training her and we can’t wait to follow her adventures year after year. We love you baby girl!

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12/04/2020-Today’s fun fact is about service dog-in-training, Dax! Dax’s fact is that he likes to try to play with ducks but they end up chasing him away!

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11/27/2020-Today’s fun fact is about Astrid! Astrid’s fun fact is that she will do anything for a ball!

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11/13/2020-We currently have 16 Veterans in our Monthly Group Program and the number is growing! We are so honored to be able to help these Veterans train their own service dogs!

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10/30/2020- It’s almost Halloween! It has been estimated that Americans now spend about 350 million dollars on Halloween costumes just for their pets. The dog is by far the biggest participant in the fall extravaganza, with the cat (especially the black cat) coming in a distant second. For all the money spent on the four-legged creatures, the pumpkin is the number one costume choice with the hot dog, pirate, bumblebee, and devil following in that order. (Thanks to Laura Murray for donating this sweet ballerina costume for Honor!)

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10/23/2020- Today’s fun fact is about our President, Aaron! Aaron’s fun fact is that he has recently started sky diving and love it! His first jump was over the Hawaiian island of Oahu and he was hooked! As soon as the pandemic subsided, he will be back in the air!

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10/16/2020-Today’s fun fact is about our volunteer, Mary! Mary’s fun fact is that before dogs-she spent years showing horses- of course always traveling with her German Shepherd!

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10/9/2020- Today’s fun fact is about Veteran Jordan. Jordan’s fun fact is that she can play guitar, violin and piano!

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10/2/2020-Today’s fact is less fun, more informative. Our beloved Traxx (the personal dog of our President Aaron) was in a high-speed car crash. Luckily Aaron had harnessed Traxx into place and it saved his life! Both Aaron and Traxx walked away from this crash. It is a humbling reminder to us how important it is for everyone in a car (both humans and pets) to wear a seatbelt!

9/18/2020- When Aric’s not spending his spare time helping train The Rescue’s service dogs or keeping up with the accounting as Treasurer he spends his days designing the infrastructure for hospitals and medical facilities as a mechanical engineer!

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9/11/2020- While not a “fun” fact, it is important to never forget. Today we are remembering all the victims of 9/11 and we are remembering all the heroes who were there to try to save others. We are remembering the hero dogs of 9/11. When the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001, nearly 10,000 emergency rescue workers joined in the efforts to help. More than 300 of those heroes were dogs. (Photo of Bretague taking a break from her work amid the rubble. She was the last known surviving rescue dog from 9/11. Photo: Andrea Booher, FEMA.

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9/4/2020-Today’s fun fact is about our volunteer Stephanie! Stephanie’s fun fact is that she spent a semester abroad in the Greek Islands, where Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of her professors (International Human Rights), as well as RBG’s husband, Martin Ginsburg (International Tax Law)!

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8/28/2020- Today’s fun fact is about our newest service dog Anubis! Anubis’ fun fact is she is our oldest service dog and is 11 years old! She certainly proves that old dogs can learn new tricks!

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8/21/2020- Today’s fun fact is about our Secretary, Mitzi! Mitzi’s fun fact is that she is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist (but currently not working in the field)!

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8/14/2020-Today’s fun fact is about our volunteer, John! John’s fun fact is that he played college football for two years!

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8/7/2020-Today’s fun fact is about service dog-in-training, Bravo! Bravo’s fact is that while he has a million toys, he would rather play with rocks!

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7/31/2020- Today’s fun fact is about our Director of Training, Sam! Sam’s fun fact is that she loves working out!

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7/24/2020- Today’s fun fact is about one of our Veterans, Andrew! Andrew’s fun fact is that he was a “Greenside” Hospital Corpsman for 6 years and is excited to be learning new tricks during our Monthly Group Lesson Program!

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7/17/2020-Today’s fun fact is about our volunteer Carlynn! Carlynn’s fun fact is that she and her husband just adopted two kitten this past May! Their names are Purrcy and Tootsie! (Unfortunately Purrcy broke his leg playing but will get his cast off soon!)

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7/10/2020-Today’s fact is about Orbit! Orbit is one of our skill demonstration and socialization dogs. His fun fact is that his favorite toys are squeaky and he loves to run around his house squeaking them and showing them to guests!

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7/3/2020-Today’s fun fact is about our Vice President Ken Frantz! Ken’s fun fact is that his goal as a foster dad to our dogs is to disprove the old adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks; because in his words, “I’m the old dawg” 🙂

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6/26/2020-Today’s Fun Fact is about one of our Veterans, Jason! Jason was in the Marine Corps for ten years and was medically retired after a TBI where he lost all hearing in his left ear, had a brain bleed and fracture. Jason now work as an Admissions manager for a residential treatment facility for mental health and substance abuse!

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6/19/2020- Today’s fun fact is about our volunteer, Thomas! Thomas use to complete in obstacle course races such as Tough Mudders!

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6/12/2020-Today’s fun fact is about service dog Hailey! Her favorite activities are chasing and eating bugs, dancing and playing in the rain, playing, going for walks and hikes and making sure that no squirrels come near her family!

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6/5/2020-Today’s fact is about first responder Brad. Brad joined the local fire department in October 2008 and was accredited state certified in 2009 and became captain in 2014 though January 2020 when Brad switched departments. While Brad is serving as a firefighter, his goal is to make awareness for our first responders with PTSD because it feels to him it’s something that always gets pushed under the rug.

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5/29/2020-Today’s fun fact is about our volunteer Karen! Karen’s family moved every 2 years while she was growing up, but she have lived in Houston her whole adult life!

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5/22/2020- Today’s fun fact is about our Founder, Laura! Laura was an assistant Harbor Master at the Rosario Marina on Orcas Island as a summer job for 3 years during college.

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5/15/2020- Today’s fun fact is about our puppy-in-training, Honor! Honor’s fun fact is that she is a quick learner, but would rather spend more time playing and running around than being on a leash learning all the commands!

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5/1/2020- Today’s Fun Fact is about our Veteran Cliff! Cliff’s fun fact is that his home was gifted to him by Operation FINALLY HOME and the Houston Texans! They surprised him on the field, during half time, at a playoff game. How amazing is that?!

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4/24/2020- Our first Fun Fact is about our Director of Communications, Sarah! Sarah’s fun fact is that she use to work as a DJ and office intern for her college radio station WXAC 91.3 FM Albright College Radio! Her show was on Friday Nights and featured music from all over the world!

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November 2020

We are honoring our canine-Veteran teams by highlighting them in 2021 calendars created for our Veteran’s Day fundraiser. We are so thankful for our Veteran’s service and hope everyone will support this wonderful cause! 100% of proceeds will go to the care of our service dogs in-training and support of our Group Lesson Program.   To Donate, click here

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  In honor of this Veterans’ Day, The Belles of Houston are hosting a fundraiser to support The Rescue for PTSD and their efforts to place Honor, a fully trained service dog, with a most deserving veteran! In partnership with the Belles of Houston, Honor is currently in training with The Rescue for PTSD team for a Lone Survivor Veteran!   100% of the proceeds of this fundraiser will go directly to cover the costs of Honor’s training, boarding, veterinary expenses and will also help provide her Veteran with the supplies needed to take care of her.    To Donate to The Belles of Houston’s Fundraiser for Honor, click here

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  What a great group lesson today 🙂 We are so happy to welcome THREE new Veterans to the family! Michelle and little River are getting a head start with basic puppy tasks, like coming to her name! She is such a little smartie, we can’t wait to see what a wonderful young lady she grows in to! We also welcome Phillip and Harold, who don’t have canine partners yet, but we are actively looking and hope to find perfect dogs for them soon. We are also thrilled that another one of our Veterans Jerry came to class and worked Honor, while we are searching to find his canine companion as he is on our full-training waiting list.We hope everyone stays safe and healthy this Holiday Season!

Congratulations Ryan & Ellie, we are so proud of you! Ryan and Ellie are our second Group Program team to complete all our requirements and Ellie is now Ryan's SERVICE DOG! They have been amazing students, listening and implementing everything our trainer Sam (Working Paws K9 Training) has taught the class. We hope to continue to see them at group and agility even though they have graduated! CONGRATULATIONS!! You can learn more about Ryan and Ellie on their new page here

October 2020

We had so much fun this Halloween! 

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It’s almost Veterans Day and in honor of our amazing Canine-Veteran Teams we have created a 2021 calendar of them! We will have a Fundraiser starting Veterans Day (Nov 11) and each calendar will be $15 (in person pick-up) or $20 (shipped). 100% of the money raised will go towards the care of our full-training dogs and the training supplies for our Monthly Group Lesson Program teams showcased in the calendar!

We had a very successful lesson yesterday with our monthly Group Program teams. We will be keeping our amazing trainer Sam (Working Paws K9 Training) busy this month as two of our Canine-Veteran teams will be working their Public Access test as a last step towards graduating as service teams! We will hopefully have a STAR Puppy tester and another Canine Good Citizen taking his test at the November lesson. 

We would like to welcome our newest team Machelle and her handsome pup Hank. While a little overwhelmed with all the distractions, Hank finished up strong and was minding Machelle like a champ!

We would like to again thank the Klein Cain High School organizationPaws for Purpose for supporting us, and for coming to our monthly lessons and helping us work the dogs!

Great work to all our teams and we look forward to sharing next month’s achievements with everyone! Please stay safe.

Honor is such a little superstar! She and Sam (Working Paws K9 Training) made some new training videos to help our Veterans at home teach their dogs some new tricks! Check them out below: 

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You can see more of Honor, Mikey, Hailey and Tuve on our YouTube channel we’ll be posting more videos of all our dogs in the future!   One of our wonderful rescue partners, AARF Houston just surprised us with a sweet Giving Tuesday post in honor of our dog Mikey who was adopted from them! See their post below:  

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This #GivingTuesday we would like to celebrate our former foster, Mikey. Mikey and his new mom just achieved AKC Canine Good Citizen status! They will be showcasing their three service skills this month. We can’t wait until he graduates as a service dog, and we’re so happy that The Rescue for PTSD partnered with us to get Mikey and Rita together! So happy for both of these two!   The Rescue for PTSD and AARF Houston are determined to help rescue dogs find a #furever home and we both care about our #veterans. If you are able to give to either organization, we can help more #canines and #humans. If money is tight you can help by sharing this post!   AARF Houston is not doing adoption events but we still accept online applications at aarfhouston.org. Please contact app@aarfhouston.org for more information about our dogs. Once your application is approved, we will schedule a meet and greet. Thank you for considering a #rescue!  

September 2020

Tango has recently been paired with his Veteran Ken, who happens to be the new VP for The Rescue for PTSD!  Ken is a retired Marine Colonel who has led a very interesting life which you can read about here.  We are so excited to have Ken on our Board and are thrilled that Tango is going to such an amazing home.  Ken and Tango will be attending our monthly group lessons so they can continue the service dog journey together!

We had such a fantastic Group Lesson yesterday, so much to share! Our teams have been working so hard and it shows! There were 7 teams working in our first group and 6 teams working in group 2. Three students from Paws for Purpose were also there volunteering to help train our full-service dogs. This all kept our amazing trainer Sam (Working Paws K9 Training) busy keeping everyone on task!   Congratulations to Rita & Mikey and Jordan & Dax, both teams took and passed their Canine Good Citizen Tests! They are now one step closer to having their pups be service dogs. Way to go ladies!!   We also welcomed new member Dutch with his canine partner Shadow, who are already doing fantastic practicing their obedience work. We can’t wait to share next month’s activities with everyone!

August 2020

Unfortunately, COVID-19 means we can’t have our Monthly Group Lessons. 😦 Luckily we were able to meet with one of our team, Jordan and Dax so he could pass his S.T.A.R puppy test! Congratulations Dax and Jordan! Next stop, the AKC Good Canine Citizen Test!
We are excited to announce that our Director of Communications will be fostering/training dogs for Veterans in Florida! If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran in Florida who has been diagnosed with PTSD and is in need of a service dog, please contact us via our online form to speak with our team and be added to our waiting list!


Our Monthly Group Lesson Program has its first graduates! Andrew and Anubis are officially a service dog team as of August 29th. They have worked so hard socializing, coming to every monthly lesson, mastering all the obedience, passing the Canine Good Citizen & Public Access tests, and learning a multitude of service skills. Anubis is an adorable 11+ year-old hound mix who loves her healthy carrot treats, and is ready to show off her skills to our newer members so they can visualize their end goal!We are so proud of all their hard work and are so excited for all their new adventures! For more about and to keep up with their adventures, check out Andrew and Anubis’ new page!

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We are so proud to share that one of our Monthly Group Lesson teams, Brad& Bella passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen test during our August lesson! Our little Tango also passed his AKC STAR Puppy test and Honor passed her AKC Canine Good Citizen!