The FSDS has put together a roster of Canine Ambassadors, made up of FSDS certified service dog teams. These teams assist the FSDS in demonstrations at public events, community education, and in attending field trips. They also serve as demonstration dogs and canine mentors for our dogs-in-training.
Dr. B and Freddie are certified as a mobility team. Dr. B retired from medical practice due to her disabilities. Freddie is a golden retriever and has been trained to perform mobility tasks. His favorite jobs are helping with the food shopping, providing balance and support, retrieving dropped objects and cleaning up the toys in the living room. His favorite toys are “bouncy and flasher”. He loves playing with his sister, retired SD Emma, and cuddling with the kitties.
Bill Weigt and Zeus were certified in May, 2010. After receiving his honorable discharge from the military, Bill went to work as a Peoria Police Officer. In December 2005, he was left paralyzed in a line of duty shooting while apprehending a murder suspect. The FSDS awarded Zeus to him in appreciation for his service to our community. As Ambassadors for the FSDS, Bill and Zeus provide community education on service dog and disability issues. Bill is still working for the Peoria PD as an Investigator. When not at work they enjoy walks, playing Frisbee and swimming.
Thomas Linton and Charlie are certified as a mobility team. Tom is a Vietnam Veteran, 100% disabled, but meeting him what impressed everyone is how much ability he has, even at age 73. Tom and Charlie make a great team, and are frequently at the VA hospital educating veterans and others about SDs and the benefits for military veterans.