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Sponsor Announcement

I am thrilled to announce my partnership with Barb Hayden. She has graciously donated toward my journey to hopefully become a service dog! I hope to make her proud throughout my training. Thank you, Barb!

Stage 1 Introduction

Hi! My name is Laddie. I am proud to have been selected to enter into the Retrieving Freedom training program.  My parents are "Spirit" who is fostered by the Nash family and "Echo" from PAWS With A Cause. During this stage of training I will be spending approximately 8 months with my new volunteer foster, Sheila.

Throughout Stage 1, I will learn the basics obedience, public behavior, and a lot of socialization. I understand that it takes a very special dog to complete the program as there is a high standard to become a Service Dog. I am aware that I may be one of the dogs whose purpose is outside of service work so I will be updating my profile on a monthly basis for all that would like to follow my journey through the program. 

May 2020 - 7 weeks old


Right at the end of this month, I transitioned from my wonderful breeding foster home to my new puppy foster home! I'll begin to work on crate training, walking on a leash, behaving in public, potty training, and learning my name!

June 2020 - 2 months old


I found a new way to stay cool in the summer heat! I've had lots of new adventures lately, including my first time in a restaurant! I behaved so well - I stayed on "place" and eventually decided to just take a nap.

July 2020 - 3 months old


What an exciting month! I have had so many new experiences. I've been doing great at church (no surprise there!) and went to my first car wash. I wasn't bothered at all! The most meaningful thing this month was when I had the opportunity to meet my sponsor, Barb Hayden. My fosters Sheila, Shane, and I attended the Grand Opening for the new RFI facility in Missouri, which Barb and her husband Bob are the main sponsors of. I learned that I was named after Barb's first dog.

August 2020 - 4 months old


I still have a love for splashing around in my pool! I have been enjoying training sessions at the RFI facility to work with the trainers and show off everything I've been learning. It took me a little bit to understand why the statue dog outside didn't want to play with me! I was able to have a play date with one of my best fur-ends and hung out with a Cub Scout troop!

September 2020 - 5 months old


I was able to swim in a bigger pool this month and make new friends! I loved it so much! I chased my ball and had good manners the entire time. I spent time with 3 of my littermates at the monthly foster class. It's fun to catch up with them!