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Sponsor Announcement

I am thrilled to be sponsored by the Gerholdt family. My name was chosen by a loving woman named Karen and her family in honor of Karen's late husband, Dennis Truman Gerholdt. Dennis saw the benefits of dogs first-hand, as his son Trevor had adopted a released dog from Retrieving Freedom; Sweep. Sweep continues to bring their family joy since the passing of both Dennis and Trevor. My name represents the wonderful life of Dennis and his devotion to always serving others. I hope to make everyone proud throughout my training! I will spend my Stage 1 training in the loving home of Dennis' daughter, Whitney Gerholdt Gerst, along with her husband and their four children.

Stage 1 Introduction

Hi there! My name is Truman. I am proud to have been selected to enter into the Retrieving Freedom training program.  My parents are "Annie" who is originally from Kerrybrook Labradors and is now fostered by the Card family, and "Stone" of Oasis Labradors. During this stage of training I will be spending approximately 8 months with my new volunteer foster, Whitney. Whitney is the daughter of Dennis, who I was lovingly named after.

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 - 2 months old


This month I transitioned from my wonderful breeding foster home in Texas, to my new puppy foster home in Iowa! I am quickly picking up on lots of things at home - I have mastered potty training (like a champ!), crate training, and I'm learning to walk on the left-hand side of my handler. I've already learned not to bark at my neighbors' dogs... sometimes I get tempted but I know what "no" means, and I always obey my foster, Whitney! I'm currently learning the difference between what I'm allowed to chew on, and what I'm not - I'm quickly teaching my foster human siblings to keep their toys cleaned up. :-)