Dog Can Be a Veteran's Best Friend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/16/08

Dog Can Be a Veteran's Best Friend

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There are many good reasons to have a dog in the family and sometimes there is more to it than just companionship. Specialty dogs are trained to help disabled vets conquer new challenges in life.

Former Marine Dan Lasko lost a leg in Afghanistan and says his dog Wally helps him in many ways.  Mr. Lasko says, of the benefits of having his specialty dog, "One is his physical ability to help me out with balancing, retrieving things. When I'm not wearing my leg, if I tell him to pick up something he'll pick it up and bring it to me. He also helps out emotionally and mentally as well".

Lasko says it costs at least $55,000 to train a dog like Wally.  In all, there are about 100 guide and service dogs in the VetDog project.

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