Food and Meds for Aquino: Interview with Westlake Animal Hospital

Interview by Diane Baren – December 2017 Aquino is an Australian Labradoodle raised to be a Service Dog, and he’s completely dedicated to his best buddy Sonny Brooks – US Military Veteran. The Crockett Foundation connected with Sonny via the efforts of some very caring groups and individuals in Florida. Together they orchestrated a surprise for Sonny and Aquino. We …

An Interview with Sonny Brooks: Military Veteran, Service Dog Dad

Interview by Diane Baren – December 2017 Sonny Brooks is a Veteran who recently traveled across the United States to see the country he served. He did this living in his truck with his Service Dog, Aquino. A while back Brooks was struggling to care for Aquino and The Crockett Foundation stepped in to help. It was a collaborative effort …

Crockett Foundation and The Humane Society of Charlotte

Crockett Foundation and The Humane Society of Charlotte Saturday, April 21, 2018 Independence Park 300 Hawthorne Ln. Charlotte, NC 28202 Hours: 10:00-3:00 Booth rental cost: $200.00 Help the Crockett Foundation show the Humane Society of Charlotte and the Charlotte pet community that the wrestling world knows how to give back. The most popular mission the Crockett Foundation has is helping …

Crockett Foundation and Humane Society of Charlotte Help Veterans

Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – October 2017   The Crockett Foundation pays veterinary bills and food costs of pets and service dogs belonging to US Military Veterans. To reach Veterans in need of this assistance Debbie Mrozinski, Crockett Foundation President, connects with organizations such as the Humane Society of Charlotte. We interviewed Caitlin Donley, their Donor …

An Interview with Tim Radzicki: Marine Veteran, Dog Owner

Interview by Diane Baren One of the ways the Crockett Foundation focuses on helping to improve the lives of US Military Veterans is to pay the veterinary bills and food costs of their pets and service dogs. We interviewed Tim Radzicki about the assistance he received through Dr. Ashley Gray at the Animal Medical Hospital in Charlotte.   Question: What …

Training Dogs: A Soul Connection and Purpose for Veterans

Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – July 2017 After active duty, if a US Military Veteran becomes classified as Disabled Veteran by the Veterans Administration there are limitations on receiving payment for work they might perform from that point forward. While a Veteran might be classified as 80% or 100% disabled the way this plays out in …

Learning to Train a PTSD Service Dog

Crockett Foundation Service Dog Training

Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – April 2017 Learning to train service dogs for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is difficult work. It requires that both the trainer and the dog have specialized knowledge and skills. The most successful trainers learn to identify the most appropriate dogs for service dog work by recognizing their potential to learn quickly and …

Costs of Dog Ownership

Cost Dog Ownership

Written for the Crockett Foundation, by Diane Baren – February 2017 The costs of dog ownership differs depending on how much we pamper our dogs and how creative we are in obtaining the goods and services needed for their upkeep. The Crockett Foundation has started helping to cover the daily living costs and periodic Veterinary care costs of pet ownership …

12 Service Dog Groups on Facebook

Service Dogs

Written by Diane Baren for the Crockett Foundation – January 2017 I care a lot about Veterans and a good number them have Service Dogs. So I’ve joined some Service Dog groups on Facebook. Sometimes Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in these groups speak up – so being there is an opportunity for …

Animal Assisted Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Dog Therapy

Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren, November 2016 When I was growing up my family would take special trips to go horseback riding, maybe a couple times each summer. In college I even took a horseback riding class for physical education credit (fantastic). I never realized it’s possible to have the kind of relationship with a horse where …