Hero Dog Makes Friends During USO Visit

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Teddy was obedient until the scraps started hitting the floor.

Even the most well-trained, well-intentioned golden retriever is going to try and snag a dropped piece of ham.

While troops and families likely came to the USO Warrior and Family Center on Fort Belvoir, Va., last Friday for the free lunch (courtesy of the USO of Metropolitan Washington), Teddy turned into the main attraction. The golden retriever is an ambassador for Hero Dogs, Inc., a Maryland-based nonprofit that trains and provides service dogs to wounded, ill and injured troops free of charge.

Teddy may not live with a service member – he has allergies, according to his trainer – but he had no problem sidling up to dozens of troops who streamed through the center’s dining room and sports lounge, craning his neck toward those who wanted to pet him or performing a trick on request.

–Photos by Eric Brandner, USO Director of Story Development

30 thoughts on “Hero Dog Makes Friends During USO Visit

  1. He had allergies but it is on possibility to done support, a moral support, to soldiers. It is a friend on whom all soldiers know may count and it boost their morale. thanks, our friend claudio alpaca

  2. Hello…..I am very moved by Teddy…I grew up with german shepards and golden retrievers….I am so glad that this is being done for our soldiers…We all can use a friend….GREAT STORY!….thank you…Stephanie

  3. I think this is wonderful, a dog is love and so many of our returning hero’s need love so desperately without being judged for what they went through, what they are going through or what happened to them – no matter how bad…

  4. It’s really nice to see, something wonderful, being done for both our troops and the animals! Keep up the good work.

  5. BEAUTIFUL! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! SO LOVING AND WONDERFUL ANIMALS, I KNOW OF THEM FIRST HAND. PLEASE
    KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL WORK YOU’RE DOING! OUR PRECIOUS TROOPS AND RECOVERING MILITARY TRULY NEED THIS.

  6. It really makes a huge difference to our returning wounded heroes. Dogs add the constant companionship that is needed in healing. Thank you for making this available to our wounded heroes.

  7. I work at the VA in Pittsburgh and it is truly the greatest job I have ever had, because our troops no matter what you do for them from the smallest to the biggest they are eternally grateful, when it is us who should be and are grateful for their sacrifice. These animals are also a treasure and appreciate the kindness of everyone, so you have put together the best pair of situations for healing and hopefully happiness. Thank you for all you are doing for the Veterans..

  8. WHO MORE THAN THE HEROES OF THIS COUNTRY WHO SACRIFICE FOR US ARE MORE DESERVING THAN THE MEN, WOMEN AND DOGS WHO DEFEND US AND THE DOGS WHO PROTECT OUR MEN AND WOMEN. THEY ARE ALL TRUE HEROES. LOVE THEM ALL AND A HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OF THEM. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

    SAM AND MARGIE SANDOVAL

  9. Just knowing how great it feels to come home to a big (& always happy) greeting from my dog when I get home from a normal day, the feeling these incredible heroes must feel when they meet a dog like Teddy has got to be priceless!! Thanks to all those men & women who are serving & thanks to Hero Dogs Inc. for the service they provide with these wonderful dogs!!

  10. wanda-frist of all i want to thank all the troops for all they do for use all,and i’m grateful to the troops,and we would be no where with out them.and they are all heroes.a dog can be your best friend.teddy is a heroes also,i have a golden retrievers she is a very loveing dog.

  11. No one can express love and gratitude like a four legged friend, they share love and companionship and wait for nothing in return but the same love. Good job !!

  12. I am so happy to hear of this great idea for our brave warriors that served and are now being rewarded with these great dogs that will help them adjust. I oun a sheppard and my fiance a golden they are pure joy to anyone who is hurting.mentally or physically.I am a woman and they are truly also a womans best friend.

  13. This is a GREAT story! Bless Teddy and all those courageous men and women who serve(d) our nation so well. What Hero Dogs, Inc. is doing is absolutely one of the best things that can be done for our returning service women and men. We ALL know what a wonderful bond there is between dogs and humans! Keep up the fabulous work Teddy AND Hero Dogs, Inc.!

  14. I tell folks I hate dogs. The only reason I own six dogs (just lost one recently) is so I can keep six people from owning one. Seriously, the love a dog shows is totally unconditional. Dog spelled backwards is “God” and no other animal will go into a burning house to save its master, be it a Chihuahua or Tibetan Mastiff. Goldens are one of my favorite dogs, too. I have never known one to bite or be mean. If ever God made an animal specifically for mankind, it was the dog!

  15. THANK YOU TEDDY AND ALL WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE FOR ALL OF OUR HERO’S ….REMEMBER DOG SPELLED BACKWARDS SPELLS GOD. AND WHOM DO YOU THINK MADE THE GREAT PEOPLE COME UP WITH THIS FANTASTIC IDEA FOR OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS WHOM DESERVE AND APPRECIATE THIS THE MOST.KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK WE ALL FEEL YOU DESERVE THE BEST. XOXOXOX AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR BEING THERE,HEROS, FOR ALL OF US AMERICANS WHO CAN ENJOY OUR FREEDOM. LOVE LOVE LOVE U ALL.

  16. This was a wonderful idea. Who ever thought of it is to be commended. Our troupes deserve all the attention and love we can give them. God bless them all.

  17. Hoorah, keep up the good work. Its about time that people are starting to realize that those that have put their lives on hold to defend us sometimes need our help. US COMBAT VETERAN: VIETNAM, ’68 – ’69; Doorgunner, 1st Cav Div (AM) and now a retired USAF TSgt with a Combat related disability.

  18. There is nothing more moving then to see one of God’s creatures being a love that can be used to help the human race. Especially to our service people working to keep us free and able to raise and love these dogs that become part of our family. Thank you for sharing with us the love you have and the service you do to put a little sunshine in people’s lives. God bless you, Lee Mantz

  19. what a beautiful dog , golden retriever are so good nature dogs.Unconditional love they give, friend for ever. my first golden retriever, called Bellamy, named after the restaurant at Parliament Nz. I think this is such a wonderful idea, keep up the good work. Pam Holden Sydney. Australia xxx

  20. No better combination than a loving dog and hero troops who need a friend – great job USO for teeming up with Hero Dogs!! Wish all of our returning troops love, healing & a job – thanks for all you have sacrificed on our behalf!! Maurice, Vancouver, WA

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