On Tuesday, June 20th Retrieving Freedom Inc. visited RidgeView in Iowa to aptitude test three of the Auna and Ben puppies. They tested them on coming to sounds, fetch and willingness to give the ball back, food driven, problem solving, walking over foam, and willingness to follow out of their element (outside away from their litter mates). All puppies did well but they narrowed it down to the one they would like. Retrieving Freedom Inc. places the training puppies with foster homes that put them through their first round of basic service dog training. This includes introducing them to their working vest, leash training, heel, and stressful situation such as public stores. We are pleased to announce that the Auna and Ben puppy that they chose is now named Levi, after Specialist Levi Hoover. Here is a quote from Bobby Henline, a burn victim veteran that Retrieving Freedom Inc. chose to name their puppies.
As most of you know I picked names for service dogs at Retrieving Freedom Inc. for the men we lost by an IED in my hum-v April 7th, 2007. We got to meet Diesel already. Now I'd like to introduce you to Levi. Can't wait to meet him in person ? Or in dogerson? lol
Included are some pictures of Levi Hoover, Levi's (the canine) new foster mom Sarah, and Levi's first day in his working vest. We are very honored to work with such a special organization that works hard for those who have fought for our freedom. We are forever grateful. For more information about Retrieving Freedom Inc. please go to their website.
"Land of the free, because of the Brave"
Kristie & Brittany
Welcome! This blog is run by Kristie Battin and Brittany Murphy. Both active employees at RidgeView Labradors located in Elkader, Iowa. We welcome you to explore and enjoy our blog and all that we have been up to! Feel free to ask questions and learn more.