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Fate, Freedom and the Future: Veteran Service Dog Team Ryan & Tommy II

When Ryan Boyles was first paired with Warrior Canine Connection service dog Tommy II and saw that they shared the same birthdate—April 30—he says he felt like their new partnership was fate.  “I felt like it was meant to be, and then they brought him in, and I fell in love with him immediately,” said […]

Get the Recipe: Homemade Dog Treats 

Prepared by Emily Fritz, one of WCC’s amazing service dog training instructors, this recipe for homemade dog treats is not only easy to make, but it’s also healthy and “Lab-approved!”   The benefit of making homemade treats is that you know every single ingredient you’re feeding your dog. To make them for your furry friend, simply follow the […]

We Honor Our Volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month. We at Warrior Canine Connection are grateful to all the volunteers who support our organization. Your generosity allows our Veterans to heal, our programs to thrive, and has created a strong community. “Volunteers are the backbone of our organization,” said Rick Yount, founder and executive director, Warrior Canine Connection. “We […]

It’s National Puppy Day! Warrior Canine Connection Celebrates New Litter of Future Service Dogs

March 23, 2021 – Tuesday marked National Puppy Day, and Warrior Canine Connection in Boyds is celebrating since they recently welcomed a litter of future service dogs for Veterans in need. WCC has placed 75 canines to date and has helped thousands of Veterans nationwide through its Mission Based Trauma Recovery Model, where Warriors help train service dogs for their […]

Nine-day-old Montgomery County puppies preparing to become service dogs

March 23, 2021 BOYDS, Md. (WDVM) — Tuesday is National Puppy Day, and while many of us devoted dog owners have trained our precious pups to sit, roll over and shake paws, a new litter of puppies in Boyds, Maryland is training to take on a really important job. Eight golden retriever puppies were born […]

Warrior Canine Connection: How Reputable Breeders Give Back

February 25, 2021 – Civic-minded breeders of Labradors and Golden Retrievers are an integral part of the success of Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), a nonprofit organization that helps deserving disabled veterans. WCC has always bred its own litters thanks to Molly Morelli, director of its dog program. She insists that canines that are bred for […]

Service animal expert informs students on the benefits of veteran service dogs

February 22, 2021 – Talk therapy and companion dogs could help veterans as an alternative to medicine, an expert on service animals told a group of about 60 students last week. Sarah DelCore, veteran and military service manager for a Boyds, Maryland, organization called Warrior Canine Connections, encouraged the students to volunteer to train service […]

WCC Veteran Spotlight: Thalia L.

Even entering high school, Thalia knew college just wasn’t for her. She enrolled in the Navy’s ROTC program because she knew she needed a plan. Shortly after graduation, she enlisted in the Navy to become a Logistics Specialist. In a nutshell, Thalia started out helping with supplies needed for ship maintenance, later moving to the […]

Hollywood Celebrities, War Veterans and Super-Star Dogs Go Online to Benefit Warrior Canine Connection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 10, 2021   WHAT DO MILITARY BRATS, HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES, WAR VETERANS AND SUPER-STAR DOGS HAVE IN COMMON? They’ve all come together to bring awareness to a truly wonderful cause: providing specially trained service dogs to Veterans.  Join them on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST to learn more about Operation Warrior Shield’s upcoming Virtual Fundraising Gala […]

Ryan and Luke: A Veteran and His ACE Service Companion

January 31, 2021 — “It brings tears to my eyes how Luke has changed Ryan’s life,” says puppy raiser Laurie Higuera of Napa, CA. In December 2020, the American Kennel Club bestowed its prestigious Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) on seven-year-old Luke for his work as a service dog for veteran U.S. Staff Sergeant E5 […]