Dog Tales: Meet Adam & Scout
May 6, 2022
Scout is an adorable 2.5 year old male German Shepherd that the Shelter to Soldier team adopted from LA-based I Stand With My Pack (ISWMP), a rescue partner of the organization. Scout has really charming energy – he is relaxed but eager to learn and train. In his initial evaluation, Scout seemed to be a great candidate for our psychiatric service dog training program!
Scout promptly began the psychiatric service dog training program where his foundational training was going well, and his handler focus and desire to please were star traits. Over a short time, Scout began presenting with some orthopedic challenges. The team at Shelter to Soldier noticed some instability and favoring in his front right leg while training and in play. He received X-rays and was referred to an Orthopedic Specialist to look into the issue. His orthopedic health, which is genetic, was not ideal, unfortunately, for an active life as a service dog. Scout received the needed treatments, and surgery to remove bone fragments from his elbows, thanks to the generous support of Logomark.
Despite Scout’s diagnosis and procedure, he healed and remained in great spirits, eager to do good work. Thankfully, he met the standards for Emotional Support Dog work and was “career changed” to this important role.
He resumed his training program and was ultimately matched with US Navy Veteran, Adam Fleener. Adam is over the moon to add Scout to his family and we are thrilled that Scout has found such a lovely family. “Scout has been a great addition to me and my family. I am so happy that I was able to find Shelter to Soldier. We are grateful to have Scout in our lives.” – Adam Fleener, US Navy Veteran
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