Program focuses on bond between vets, therapy dogs

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SPECIAL BOND — Dennis Blocker and his dog, “Laky,” were part of a program on Saturday morning at the Na-tional Museum of the Pacific War. Blocker talked about his training, experiences overseas and dealing with dogs with canine Post Trau-matic Stress Disorder while representatives from the Train A Dog — Save A War-rior program spoke on the healing bond between wounded warriors and ther-apy dogs. More photos on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Visitors to the National Museum of the Pacific War on Saturday morning may have been a little surprised to hear barking coming from inside the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom.

It’s not the usual sounds visitors to the museum will hear, but the dogs were part of a special program that focused on the healing bond between wounded warriors and therapy dogs.

Among the speakers was Dennis Blocker, USAF (Ret.).

With the help of retired war dog “Laky”, Blocker talked about his training, experiences overseas and dealing with dogs, including “Laky,” with canine PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

“Laky,” originally from Russia, was assigned to Blocker because the dog was “out of control.”

“He turned out to be an awesome dog,” Blocker said.

Sharing the program with Blocker on Saturday was Bart Sherwood, program director for Train A Dog — Save A Warrior (TADSAW).

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