June 2020

June is a busy month! It is PTSD Awareness Month and the start of the hurricane season. To learn more about PTSD, we encourage you to check out the National Center for PTSD website and check out this newsletter from the Real Warriors organization.

In preparation for hurricanes and other disasters, it is important to have a plan in place not only for your human family members, but also for your furry family. Here are some resources about making plans for your service dog and for other family pets.

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We are so honored to have been included on the NRD‘s great resources list to help those suffering with PTSD. We hope that we can help more Veterans who will hopefully reach out to us!

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Meet Tango! The newest and now youngest addition to The Rescue for PTSD! He is ~4.5 months old and was an owner surrender a few weeks after he was adopted from the Houston SPCA. Stay tuned for updates and check out Tango’s page for more on our newest service dog in training!

We are so proud to share that two of our canine-Veteran teams passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen tests and our little Honor passed her AKC STAR Puppy test at our June group lesson! It takes a lot of time and dedication from our Veterans to consistently work and socialize their dogs to enable them to pass all our requirements and become a service dog. Congratulations to Ryan & Ellie, Brad & Bella and Ken & Honor for completing this important milestone! Enormous thanks goes to our amazing Director of Training Sam of Workingpawsk9training for donating so much time to help our Veterans succeed with training their canine companions!

May 2020

95899688_662878720927373_2778442346969169920_oWe are so happy to welcome Kyle & Whiskey to our family! Kyle, his wife Victoria, and their handsome 3-year old GSD Whiskey had their initial evaluation and first lesson with Working Paws K9 Training on May 2nd. Kyle & Whiskey will be part of our Group Program, and with Whiskey’s great manners be on the lookout for a Canine Good Citizen soon!

 

It’s Military Appreciation Month and we at the Rescue for PTSD are raising money to help find dogs for veterans on our waiting list, train the dogs we currently have for our 15 veterans in our Monthly Group Program, and continue to support our 3 graduate veteran and canine teams. Please help us support our veterans and service dogs! You can donate using our donation page or see our Facebook Fundraiser! Screen Shot 2020-05-03 at 6.53.16 PM

IMG_0941We are back! Our Monthly Group Lessons have resumed! We are thrilled to have seen all of our 16 Veterans and their pups today after so long apart! We can tell they have been practicing their skills while at home – we have four teams who will be doing their Canine Good Citizen tests (Ryan & Ellie, James &Zeus and Brad &Bella) and Honor will be taking her S.T.A.R. Puppy test at the next lesson! The rest of the teams aren’t far behind, pretty soon we will be working Public Access tests and then be graduating some Service Dogs!!! We would also like to welcome Bernard & Marley to The Rescue family! They came to their first Group Lesson today and are already showcasing some serious talent! We look forward to the June lessons and hope everyone stays healthy and safe in the meantime!

98201933_10223239846844068_5320378119306084352_oThe Rescue for PTSD is raising money for the adoption, care and training of our service dogs in training! We currently have 16 Veteran-Canine teams in our Group Program and are starting evaluation on the next two Full Training dogs! We are so appreciative of your support! Shirts are $35 which includes US shipping. Please comment, PM or e-mail info@rescueforptsd.org for orders!! Thank you and stay safe!

 

Fun Fact Fridays

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

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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Kenneth Frantz was born May 1947, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After two years at the University of Oklahoma, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in September 1967. Upon graduation from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, he was assigned as a Troop Leader, 2d Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton. Receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant via the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1969, he attended The Basic School and Marine Corps Engineer School, whereupon his first assignment was as a Platoon Commander, 8th Engineer Battalion, 2d Force Troops, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Volunteering for overseas duty, he was transferred to Third Combat Engineer Battalion, Okinawa, Japan in January 1971. There he served as Assistant Operations Officer; Commanding Officer of Headquarters and Service Company; Battalion Atomic Demolition’s Munitions Officer and Officer in Charge of the Leadership School.

Returning to Camp Lejeune, he served at the Marine Corps Engineer School, first as the Senior Instructor, Special Subjects, and later as the Executive Officer, Student Command. He was then transferred to Fort Belvoir, Virginia in May 1974 to attend the U. S. Army Engineer Officers’ Advanced Course.

Returning to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Captain Frantz served as the Maintenance Operations Officer. During this assignment, he was temporarily assigned to Camp Pendleton as the Engineer Officer for OPERATION NEW ARRIVAL where he promptly set about accomplishing the priority task of establishing camps in six days to house 18,000 Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees who were fleeing their countries after the Vietnam conflict. Before terminating operations, the Camp Pendleton Reception and Processing Center would process over 50,000 refugees in less than seven months.

Returning to San Diego, Captain Frantz initially assumed duties as Commanding Officer of Service Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion and from October 1975 until June 1978, he served as the Facility Management Officer for the Depot.

Returning Overseas, this time to Iwakuni, Japan and First Marine Aircraft Wing, he served as the Wing Utilities Officer prior to assuming duties as Executive Officer, Detachment “C”, Marine Wing Support Group-17.

Following his transfer to the First Combat Engineer Battalion, First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, he served as the Operations Officer, Logistics Officer, Commanding Officer, Support Company and Battalion Executive Officer. Additionally, during this time he served as Headquarters Commandant for the 5th Marine Amphibious Brigade during exercise GALLANT EAGLE.

Upon graduation from the Marine Corps Command & Staff College at Quantico, Major Frantz participated in the College Degree Completion Program and graduated from Central State College, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Management.

In January 1985, Lieutenant Colonel Frantz was assigned as the Engineer Officer, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic where he additionally served as Engineer Staff Officer for the Second Marine Amphibious Force (Il MAF) and the Fourth Marine Amphibious Brigade (4th MAB).

Upon his transfer to Okinawa, Lieutenant Colonel Frantz initially served as the Third Marine Expeditionary Force (Ill MEF) Engineer Officer and then as the Commanding Officer, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion. While serving as Battalion Commander, he was selected to the grade of Colonel and served his last year on Okinawa as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, Third Marine Expeditionary Force.

Transferring to Hawaii, he was the Commanding Officer of Brigade Service Support Group 1, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Kaneohe, Hawaii, from June 1991 to December 1992.

Upon joining Marine Forces, Pacific, he initially served as the MARFORPAC Liaison Officer to U.S. Central Command during OPERATION RESTORE HOPE and assumed duties as the Force Engineer Officer for Marine Forces, Pacific, on April 1993, and served in that billet until December 1993.

 

After the Commandant of the Marine Corps approved the permanent establishment of the U.S. MARCENT Liaison Officer billet to be located at Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, Colonel Frantz performed those duties from December 1993 until April 1997.

He then returned to Okinawa and served once again as Assistant Chief of Staff G-4, Third Marine Expeditionary Force until his retirement June 1999.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Gold star, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Humanitarian Service Medal with gold star, National Defense Service Medal with star, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 5 stars.

Upon retirement, he and his Wife Diana of DuBois, Pennsylvania, moved to their Florida cattle ranch until relocating to Ashville New York in April Of 2005. In 2011, they moved to Conroe, Texas to help family members and escape the cold New York winters.

In October 2005, Ken was elected as President/Secretary of the Marine Corps Engineer Association and assumed additional duties as Executive Director in 2007. From 2005 until January 2016, he served 10 years as Secretary, webmaster, contracting officer and newsletter editor, 8 years as Executive Director, 6 years as President and filled in as Treasurer, Chaplain, Historian and Associate Director.

Ken stepped down from his duties in 2016 to become full-time caregiver for Diana until she passed away March 2019.

In August 2019, Ken returned to his volunteer duties with the Marine Corps Engineer Association as a Permanent Associate Director and moved to Gleannloch Farms in Spring, Texas.

November 2019, Ken was elected to the Board of Directors and as Executive Director for Future Operations Base; a Houston area non-profit assisting active duty and veterans, plus first responders and eligible family members.

February 2020, Ken became a foster dad to Honor, a yellow Labrador puppy in support of The Rescue for PTSD. The goal is to train Honor and pair her with a wounded warrior from the Lone Survivor Foundation.

April 2020

92347579_645168212698424_1056510110265769984_oWhile we are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis, we were still able to have a great start to the month with Dallas being reunited with his Veteran Jeremy! Dallas returns home as a service dog and we are so excited for him! Jeremy did an excellent job socializing Dallas so our training went very fast. Dallas is a smart pup and now has great obedience and quite a few service skills under his collar to help Jeremy out. We are going to miss Dallas’s playful and cuddly personality, but he is set up to be an amazing companion for Jeremy. We will have 3-month, 6-month & yearly check-ins with them so this will not be the last we see of this great team!

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Honor and Mikey were also featured in Working Paws K9 Training‘s “How To” video series to help pet owners train during quarantine! Be sure to check out their features by clicking on their names below!

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Our Pup Madness Bracket Challenge is fun for the whole family!
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It’s basically a dog popularity contest in the format of the March Madness basketball bracket. Pick your favorite dog in each match-up, all the way to the Championship round! A $10 donation is appreciated, but not necessary to play. All proceeds to go the care and training of our service dogs! the day before our 14 May 2014 Monument Dedication

We are so excited to welcome Ken Frantz to our Board as our Vice President! You can learn more about Ken on Our Team page and stay tuned for more updates on Ken and Honor!

We also now have officially opened a LinkedIn page! To see our page and follow it, please click here!

We are so happy to share that Apollo went home to live with Miguel on April 19th! We can’t wait to start seeing them at our Monthly Group Lessons!

We also placed Mikey with Rita on April 21st! We are so thankful to AARF Houston for letting us adopt this fantastic pup so he could fulfill his life mission to be Rita’s service dog. Our amazing trainer Sam Scott (Workingpawsk9training) has already held a couple of lessons with the pair and they are working well together. They will be part of our monthly Group Program, and we know Mikey’s ultra-loving personality will help Rita immediately! Congratulations Rita & Mikey!!!