Meet Major: The Phillies New Service Pup In Training
Team Foster and Warrior Canine Connection partnered with the Philadelphia Phillies to introduce the Phillies’ New Service Pup In Training. The purebred black Labrador, Major, is the new service training pup in Citizen Bank Park’s off-the-field roster. Today, the stadium welcomed Major with open arms and allowed him to sit in the dugout. He received pets from the Philly Phanatic and visited his official locker room locker. He finally signed his contract with a paw print. Although adorable, Major’s training is for a serious job.
The Philadelphia Phillies stated that Major will be placed with a wounded veteran through Warrior Canine Connection and supported by Team Foster once he completes his training as a service dog. Team Foster has already helped more than 400 veterans with disabilities and injuries by connecting them with service dogs, adhering to their motto of “No Hero Left Behind.”
What Does A Service Dog To Veterans Do?
Service dogs can be critical in helping veterans manage physical and emotional challenges that stem from military service. These dogs can provide various types of support, including:
- Providing mobility assistance: Service dogs can help veterans with mobility impairments by retrieving objects, opening doors, and even helping with balance and stability.
- Helping with PTSD symptoms: Many veterans experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning from combat. Service dogs can be trained to recognize signs of anxiety and panic attacks and provide calming support and distraction.
- Assisting with hearing or vision loss: Service dogs can be trained to alert veterans with hearing or vision loss to important sounds or hazards in their environment.
- Offering companionship and emotional support: Service dogs can provide a sense of comfort and companionship to veterans who may feel isolated or disconnected from others.
The Andie Summers Show talked to Erica, from Team Foster, to talk about the organization, Major, and upcoming events!
So next time you attend a Phillies game, look out for Major. He will be so happy to see you. But remember, he is working! Hopefully, he stays clear of Dollar Dog Night.