Our family is a rescue family. We adopted our sweet little boy, Chancey about 10 years ago and it's been so rewarding. Now, our favorite hockey team is taking on the role and this rescue pooch comes with some serious purpose.
Minnesota Wild announced, yesterday, it has adopted Breezer, a 12-week-old Labrador Retriever rescue dog fromCoco's Heart Dog Rescue, on a one-year training contract. Breezer will be raised to become a future service dog. Wild President Matt Majka and his wife, Kym, will foster Breezer and help facilitate basic obedience training until the summer of 2020. Following his tenure with the Wild, Breezer will pursue a career training with Soldier's 6, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Minnesota that provides honorably discharged veterans, police officers, and fire fighters with specially trained K-9's.
"We are extremely ecstatic to have Breezer join the Wild organization," Majka said. "The work Coco's Heart Dog Rescue and Soldier's 6 do is truly amazing, and we couldn't imagine a better way to give back to the community than to have a part in helping Breezer find a home with a deserving individual."
At the conclusion of his specialized training, Breezer will be permanently placed with a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a "Battle Buddy" and will help guide them through the difficult days in life.