Minnesota Wild Adopt A New Service Dog In Training
Although hockey season is still a big unanswered question, one thing remains the same and that is the service dog adoption program with the Minnesota Wild. The team recently adopted Hobey, a 5-month-old golden retriever from Coco's Heart Dog Rescue.
This adorable pup will be raised and trained to be a service dog for a veteran through the Minnesota Wild Adopt-A-Dog Program who's mission is 'to give a local hero, a hero of their own.'
Wayne Petersen, Minnesota Wild Director of Community Relations and Hockey Partnerships said "We're excited to continue our Adopt-A-Dog Program and help another rescue dog become a service dog." This is the second dog through the program last year the team adopted Breezer a yellow lab who is now now training with Soldier's 6, which is a non-profit based in Minnesota that provides honorably discharged veterans, police officers, and fire fighters with specially trained K-9s like Breezer and some day Hobey.
According to the Minnesota Wild website: "Wild Chief Financial Officer Jeff Pellegrom and his wife, Mary, will foster Hobey and help facilitate basic obedience training until the summer of 2021. Following his tenure with the Wild, Hobey will pursue a career training with Soldier's 6. At the conclusion of his specialized training, Hobey 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." What a great program for the WILD to be involved in since the cost of training and adopting these special dogs is very expensive and could be out of reach for so many.