Puppy Jake Foundation is excited to announce the graudation of the Mitch/BOB service dog team. Mitch and BOB completed the Placement Camp, including Family Day, with a celebration on October 10th.
Mitch Chapman, an Infantryman in the Illinois Army National Guard, served in Afghanistan. On October 13, 2008 while conducting route clearance operations, Mitch’s vehicle was hit by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), and subsequently ambushed. Mitch sustained serious injuries from the accident including a spinal injury, hearing loss, head injury, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Tragically, his good friend CPL Scott Dimond lost his life in the blast.
BOB, the very first puppy to enter the PJF service dog training program comes from Iron Hill Retrievers and had a health struggle in his early weeks of life. Surgery and tender loving care resulted in a smart, loyal and loving service dog~~not to mention cute!
The journey has begun for this remarkable team of brave heroes. BOB is already helping restore independence for Mitch and the entire family loves him.
Mitch currently works at the Rock Island Arsenal as a contract specialist, continuing his work with the military and service to the United States. Weekly training with Puppy Jake Foundation will continue for months to ensure the continued success of this great team.
Thank you Mitch for your service to our country for our freedom. Thank you BOB for taking care of Mitch.