“Burt”, a German Shephard, will soon be placed with a soldier as a service dog through Healing4Heroes (H4H), a nationally recognized non-profit based out of Peachtree City. This organization pairs rescued dogs with soldiers in need of a service animal. Burt was rescued by Becky Rowe, Director of After School at Landmark.
Burt was found running loose on Senoia Road, dragging a rope. Becky called the number on his tag and was asked if she wanted to keep him. “ She agreed, knowing of someone who would like to give him a forever home.” Burt was accepted into the H4H program a few weeks later and in early April he will attend a week-long service dog and handler training event with his veteran hero.
Becky has two grown sons and two grown daughters who have been raised in peaceful conditions while other young people have fought in wars to keep us safe and free. “That gift can never be repaid," Becky says, "but it's not hard to show gratitude and help when God shows you a way.”
This is not the first time she has rescued and given a dog a new life with H4H. In December of 2012, she was given a 4 month-old yellow lab puppy that she raised until he was two years old with service placement in mind. She shared, “ If you know anything about lab puppies, this was a huge commitment. I prayed and asked God to show me who needed him, and the Lord brought Healing4 Heroes to my attention through a local newspaper article.” She placed "Buster" with this organization in 2014 as a way to support veterans who gave so much, including their youth and their health, to fight for her freedom, so she could stay home and raise her family in peace.
Buster's owner returned to civilian life as a young man in his twenties after serving four years of active duty in the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. He suffered from severe PTSD and TBI and waited for over a year after applying to come to Peachtree City and meet his new "battle buddy." Upon returning to another state with Buster, the young veteran reached back out to Becky, and they have stayed connected through FaceBook for the past seven years. “I can confirm that Buster has indeed made a life-saving difference in this hero's life, and the friendship I gained with the veteran has made a life-changing difference in mine."
Recently, the after-school students were excited to assist in Burts training on the last day of Landmark’s Serve Week.
To Becky and our Landmark families at Serve Week, thanks for serving our wounded veterans by helping Burt be the best service dog he can be!