Meet Our Service Dogs

Below you can meet some of our fabulous service dog teams! This is also the place where we will list any personal fundraising that each team is conducting. You can also donate directly to us and indicate which team you would like to help and any donations will go directly towards paying for that team’s training cost. Thank you!

Handler: Oliver

Dog: Zeebo

Dog’s Breed: Australian Shepherd

Dog’s Origin: Purchased by owner from Dovehawk Australian Shepherds

Status: Graduated!

Service Dog Task(s): Zeebo was trained to help his little boy, Oliver, by recognizing a respiratory emergency and finding Ollie’s Mom to alert her that he needs help!

Handler: Shayna

Dog: Jake

Dog’s Breed: Sharpei x Beagle

Dog’s Origin: Adopted from Missoula Animal Control

Status: In Training – Owner Training (final task work)

Service Dog Task(s): Jake is being trained as a psychiatric service dog; he is providing wake-up assistance to mitigate the effects of medication, to provide both light and Deep Pressure Therapy, and to alert his owner to rising anxiety levels.

Handler: Trent

Dog: Charlie

Dog’s Breed: Poodle mix

Dog’s Origin: Adopted from Beaverhead Animal Shelter (Dillon, MT)

Status: Graduated!

Service Dog Task(s): Charlie has been trained to alert his owner to both high and low blood glucose (sugar) levels. Studies show that dogs’ sense of smell can detect these blood sugar swings up to 20 minutes before an electronic monitor!

Handler: Emma (with Emma’s Mom to help)

Dog: Arthur

Dog’s Breed: Shepherd Mix

Dog’s Origin: Adopted from BitterRoot Humane Association (Hamilton, MT)

Status: Graduated!

Service Dog Task(s): Arthur demonstrated the natural ability to predict seizures. That natural ability has been shaped into a predictable behavior that lets Emma’s parents know ahead of time if Emma is about to have a seizure and gives them time to get her into a safe position. Following a seizure, Arthur also provides light mobility assistance for Emma while she recovers.

Handler: Naomi

Dog: Rocket

Dog’s Breed: Chihuahua x Boston Terrier

Dog’s Origin: Adopted from Humane Society of Western Montana (Missoula, MT)

Status: Graduated!

Service Dog Task(s): Rocket is a psychiatric service dog. He mitigates his owner’s disability by helping her recover more quickly from a medical episode by providing tactile stimulation, by performing medication retrieval/reminders (yes, even as small as he is!), and he is currently working on a new task of alerting his owner to someone approaching unexpectedly from behind, which is a trigger for a medical episode.

Special Note – Rocket and his owner are also major service dog advocates. Because he is a nontraditional small-breed service dog, she often receives questions about him and what he is trained to do (sometimes in a not-so-nice way). They have been great ambassadors to the service dog world!

Handler: Janelle

Dog: Katie

Dog’s Breed: German Shepherd

Dog’s Origin: Purchased from a local MT breeder

Status: In Training (final task training)

Service Dog Task(s): Katie is being trained as a seizure-response dog. She will activate an emergency medical button to alert Janelle’s family and/or 911, move her onto her side and lay against her back to prevent her from rolling back over. She will provide light momentum/guide work in the periods before/after a seizure to assist with mobility, and we hope that she will also, with time, be able to alert her owner to an impending seizure before it occurs.

Fundraising: https://www.gofundme.com/fund-for-janelles-service-dog

Program: Adam’s Warrior Buddy – a nonprofit that pays for and places service dogs for veterans.

Dog: Jaxson

Dog’s Breed: German Shepherd

Dog’s Origin: Adopted from a high-kill animal shelter in California

Status: In Training (Public Access Training/Preliminary Task Training)

Service Dog Task(s): Jaxson is training as a psychiatric service dog; he is being trained to mitigate his handler’s symptoms by body-blocking (creating space for his owner), by checking for and alerting to rising anxiety levels, and to provide light pressure therapy and tactile stimulation to de-escalate anxiety.

Handler: Desi

Dog: Bruce

Dog’s Breed: Lab x Sharpei

Dog’s Origin: Adopted from Humane Society of Western Montana (Missoula, MT)

Status: In Training/Service Dog Prospect (Basic House & Field Manners)

Service Dog Task(s): Bruce will be trained as a psychiatric service dog. He will be trained to provide medication reminders, to alert to and mitigate anxiety/panic and dissociation, and to assist waking and guiding his owner in times of emergency due to medication effects.

More coming soon!