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Mushrooming PTSD crisis among military. Experts estimate PTSD impacts 30% of all Vietnam veterans, 10% of all Desert Storm veterans, and 20% of 1.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan troops. Unemployment for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans increased from 11.5 % in 2010 to 12.1% in 2011.

September is National Service Dog Month!

September is National Service Dog Month!

Celebrating National Service Dog Month,  KUSI Pet Patrol,Sandie Lampe,  welcomed  Next Step Service Dogs to her show.  Founder and Director of Training,  Sally Montrucchio, along with three of our NSSD teams were represented.  Teams were First Responder, Don and his teammate Moose; First Responder, Scott and his teammate Gus; and Veteran, Ross and his teammate Astro (our class clown).   THANK YOU KUSI for giving us this opportunity.   Come visit us at Societe Brewing Co. every Tuesday in September in honor of Service Dog Month.


Special Thanks

Special Thanks

In 2016 so far, much joy was had in sharing dogs and our mission with the Claremont Cub Scouts, Elks Lodge events and bbqs, the women of Beta Sigma Phi luncheon, TVIA groups (Teen Volunteers in Action),  and the Encinitas Heritage Museum Pet Faire.

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Dog Hero Day at Biggs Harley-Davidson

A wonderful fun event to raise funds for Next Step Service Dogs. A free BBQ, a flyaway dog racing event, a live band, doggie ice baths, plus many pooch products and services! Time: 10am to 3pm at Biggs Harley Davidson, 1040 Los Valleciitos Blvd, San Marcos, CA .

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