JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Robert Worthington, a resident of Auburn, Wash. and Operation Desert Storm veteran, will be welcomed to the Canine Assistants family and introduced to a representative Canine Assistants service dog during a ceremony Wednesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at the Defense Commissary Agency Commissary on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Worthington, 44, has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and has some mobility issues. Milk-Bone will sponsor the purchase and training of a Canine Assistants service dog for Worthington, through Milk-Bone’s “I Give” initiative.
The cost and care of these specially trained dogs can exceed $20,000. Once Worthington is matched with his own service dog, he and his Canine Assistant will attend a training camp where the dog will be trained to assist him with various tasks while offering constant companionship and safety. The sponsorship will cover Worthington’s travel and boarding during that training, and veterinarian costs for the life of the dog.
A certified Canine Assistants Trainer and a representative dog will attend the event, along with representatives from DeCA and Milk-Bone.