Our Graduates

GRAHAM

Trainer: Katie Skarvan

WSD Graduation Date: April 20th, 2012

WSD's founding dog, Graham (a Goldendoodle), is currently with his forever person serving as a brace/mobility support assistance dog.

RAINA

Trainer: Jennifer Hamilton

WSD Graduation Year: 2012

This lovely Aussidoodle has completed her advanced training and has graduated as a therapy dog.

FIESTA

Trainer: Sarah Boden and Annie Flynn

WSD Graduation Year: 2012

This Shepherd mix has completed her advanced training and has been placed with her forever person as a psychiatric assistance dog.

DENALI

Trainer: Maria Hughes

WSD Graduation Year: 2012

This black lab has been placed with her forever person as a mobility assistance dog.

RORY

Trainer: Jennifer Lyons

WSD Graduation Year: 2013

This sweet red fox lab is currently a certified therapy dog through a national program called Love on a Leash. She and her owner, Jennifer Lyons, visit schools, hospitals, and various nursing homes!

CHEVY

Trainer: Katie Skarvan

WSD Graduation Year: 2013

This Golden Retriever was trained in partnership with Paws with Purpose. He has graduated their program and has been placed with his forever person as a mobility assistance and seizure alert dog.

JACKSON

Trainer: Rachel Martell

WSD Graduation Year: 2014

This black lab graduated from advanced training with our partner, Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI), and was placed with his forever person as a wheelchair assistance dog.

DARBY

Trainer: Abby Rutledge

WSD Graduation Year: 2014

This Goldendoodle graduated in August 2015 from our partner ADAI and has been placed with her forever person as a therapy placement.

CALVIN

Trainer: Savanna Shipp

WSD Graduation Year: 2014

This black lab graduated ADAI in 2016 and has been placed as a mobility assistance dog with his forever person! 

BRADY

Trainer: Jordan Canady

WSD Graduation Year: 2015

This handsome English Creme Golden Retriever also graduated in 2016 and has been placed as a therapy dog with his forever person!

FRANKLIN

Trainer: Isabell Park

WSD Graduation Year: 2015

This Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix was placed as a mobility support service dog in the Fall of 2016.

MASON

Trainer: Melissa Schodin

WSD Graduation Year: 2015

This Golden Retriever was placed as a therapy dog at an elemetary school!

PARKER

Trainer: Anna Brown

WSD Graduation Year: 2015

This Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix was placed as an in-home therapy dog in the Fall of 2016.

LANEY

Trainer: Tom Harper

WSD Graduation Year: 2015

This sweet Golden Retriever has been placed as a Therapy Dog in an elementary school!

HARRISON

Trainer: Juliana Ricci

WSD Graduation Year: Summer 2016

This Golden Retriever has been placed as a Therapy Dog in a middle school!

HUDSON

Trainer: Molly Mathistad

WSD Graduation Year:  Fall 2016

This yellow labrador retriever is undergoing final training at ADAI! His tentative graduation date is December 2017.

HENRY

Trainer: Keisha Orr

WSD Graduation Year:  Summer 2017

This yellow labrador retriever is undergoing final training at ADAI! His tentative graduation date is in the summer of 2018.

OLIVER

Trainer: Rachel Northcutt

WSD Graduation Year:  Summer 2017

This yellow labrador retriever is undergoing training to be a bomb/drug detection dog with MSA Security Company. He is the first in our program to work with this company and we are excited to see where he ends up working!

FINLEY

Trainer: Cailyn McLaughlin

WSD Graduation Year:  Summer 2017

This chocolate labrador retriever is undergoing advanced training at ADAI! His tentative graduation date is in the summer or fall of 2018.

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"Being a trainer will change your life. You learn patience, problem-solving and persistence.There are no words to describe how much someone grows through a partnership with a service dog in training."

-Hannah White, Training Supervisor (2013).

 

"WSD is an amazing organization. As an active member for four years, I learned that helping others not only gives back to society as a whole, but it also brings someone personal and lifelong joy."

-Jennifer Lyons, Puppy Raiser (2013) & Training Supervisor (2014).

 

"Getting to grow close to each dog through sitting has been life changing. These dogs truly leave paw prints on your heart and I feel so blessed to watch them grow."

-Brianna Vollman, WSD Sitter (2017). 

 

"The puppies I raised will have a place in my heart forever, but most of all, I am so grateful to have been given the chance to help them grow into dogs who can make someone's life better in a way that I can never fully understand. It was such an incredible experience to be able to give something so special to someone else." 

-Molly Mathistad, Puppy Raiser (2017), Training Supervisor (2017), & President (2018).

 

"Having a little puppy taught a big responsibility of time management and just being responsible in general. I'm so thankful he was brought into my life and still changes lives today."

-Haley Barter, Puppy Raiser & Secretary (2016).

 

"I get so excited for every dog in the program because every dog has so much potential and I love seeing them fulfill that purpose. I will forever be grateful to this program for showing me and letting me fulfill a passion for helping dogs, help people!"

-Caitlin Hudson, WSD Sitter & Photography Chair (2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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