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Hero Dogs is at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.
Tue Jan 21st, 2020
I wish I had one for anxiety.
Fri Jan 17th, 2020
In addition to our talented and lovable dogs, we're always proud to feature the people that make Hero Dogs the organization it is. KZ is a passionate Hero Dogs volunteer and we're excited to share her as the first human #FeatureFriday of 2020!
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Katherine Z. (aka "KZ")
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐈 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐨 𝐃𝐨𝐠𝐬: I got involved with Hero Dogs around January 2018. A member of my team at work had begun volunteering with Hero Dogs and had been tapped as a raiser so I worked with her to get approval for her to bring the dog into our office. To make life easier, I got trained as a puppy sitter so that I could handle the dog at work. I completely fell in love with the dog (obviously)—but even more with the actual raising and training of the dog. Truthfully, working with Hero Dogs filled a void in my life that I didn’t even realize was there!
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠: Hero Dogs Nevada - Service Dog in Training
𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐨𝐠𝐬 𝐈'𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐨 𝐃𝐨𝐠𝐬: Hero Dogs Sadie
𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐈'𝐦 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐨 𝐃𝐨𝐠𝐬: In between raising Hero Dogs Sadie and Hero Dogs Nevada, I puppy sat several times for some of the HD puppies including Hero Dogs Betty - Service Dog in Training, Hero Dogs Maddie, and Hero Dogs Ducky—who went road tripping with me to New York City!
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐬: Their unbridled joy in learning new things and their willingness to just keep at it until they get something! I wish I had the same excited perseverance!
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐬: Too many to list! But I think my favorite activities have been taking the puppies to lots of sporting events and concerts and to the theatre to see musicals—including on Broadway!
𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐠: Most probably think the answer to this is “giving them back” when it’s time for them to advance in their training and placement. That’s hard, no doubt, but you know they have bigger and better things ahead of them. For me, I think the most challenging thing is just worrying that I’m not doing enough to help the puppy be successful. But you have to just remember that you are a team and you’re in it together!
𝗪𝐡𝐲 𝐈'𝐦 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐨 𝐃𝐨𝐠𝐬 𝐩𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐫: What could be better than getting to work all day, every day with an amazing dog…. AND know that you are helping that puppy become somebody’s saving grace down the road—especially when that somebody is a veteran or first responder who has given so much of themselves. Plus, the extended Hero Dogs family (our staff, volunteers, puppies) are just a fun and wonderful group!
🐾 Interested in giving back like KZ has? Learn more about raising a Hero Dog by visiting bit.ly/HDpuppyraiser ... See MoreSee Less
Proud of your dedication to this great cause, KT!
Katherine Zimmerman is an incredibly selfless human being. I have so much respect and admiration for what she's doing with these pups ❤ Proud to call her a friend 🤗
I’m not surprised 😁. KZ has been kind and driven as long as I’ve known her (a long time)
So happy KZ helped our Sadie Bug grow and learn!
KZ is amazing...as is your cause!
This is awesome!
KZ is the best !
Thu Jan 16th, 2020
Here's a glimpse of the puppy room, where Hero Dogs Clara's puppies spend most of their days. It's filled with lots of exciting things like noisy toys, pots & pans, and so much more. This pictures shows one of two “activity boxes”—this one has a swing and various items hanging from it including baby toys that rattle & spin 🧸, a toilet brush 🚽, and metal utensils 🥄.
It’s important to expose the puppies to a variety of textures, noises, surfaces, and other surprises from their earliest days as service dogs in training! ... See MoreSee Less
Visit the Facebook event 👉 Puppy Petting! for more information! 🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
Wed Jan 15th, 2020
These puppies are 5 weeks old and are growing and changing every day! Want to snuggle with the puppies while they are still this small & wrinkly? We'll let you know soon how you can spend some quality time with Hero Dogs Clara’s 3rd litter!
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