NCC-Sponsored Hero Dogs Grant and Calvin Wrap Up Eventful Summer

Hero Dogs Calvin and Grant

For over three years, NCC has been honored to support Hero Dogs, Inc., a local non-profit organization that raises, trains, and places service dogs with disabled veterans.  In 2012, we began sponsoring Grant, now a therapy dog with the organization; and in 2014 we launched our sponsorship of Calvin, who is also a therapy dog.

As therapy dogs, Grant and Calvin accompany their owners to volunteer in a variety venues including hospitals, assisted-living and retirement homes, schools, libraries, and more, to provide affection and comfort.  Interaction with therapy dogs is known to help decrease stress, ease depression, and build confidence in people.  Grant and Calvin are ideal therapy dogs due to their obedience, calm disposition, and friendliness.  They are two of the seven Hero Dogs who currently serve as therapy dogs for the organization.

Grant, a black Labrador retriever named for the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, recently became a therapy dog after being “honorably discharged” from the service dog training program.  As a therapy dog, Grant takes part in Animal Assisted Therapy.  A recent example of this was Grant’s visit to the Hebrew Home in Rockville, MD, where he played ball with several residents, which was a great way for them to exercise their muscles and stay active.

During some much deserved time off, Grant went on his first kayaking trip.  He enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells as he and his owner paddled along, even getting splashed a few times along the way.

Calvin, a yellow Lab who is named for Calvin Leon Graham, the youngest U.S. serviceman (age 12) in World War II, also had an eventful summer.  In early August, he made his monthly visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home and met with a number of veterans.  The next day he attended the annual Hero Dogs Golf Tournament.  He enjoyed observing the golf while scarfing down some tasty food.  As tempted as he was to retrieve the golf balls scattered along the course, he was able to resist.

Calvin capped off August by receiving his Canine Good Citizen Certificate.  Furthermore, Calvin’s paperwork was submitted to begin working as a therapy dog at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

We are thrilled to see the great progress Grant and Calvin are making, and we’re honored to have sponsored these two amazing Hero Dogs from puppyhood to the loving therapy dogs they are today.  If you’d like to learn about sponsoring a Hero Dog or donating to the organization, please visit this page on the Hero Dogs website.