Attitude of Gratitude

We are nearing the end of a year that none of us will ever forget. Despite all the recent challenges, there are still many reasons to be thankful 
We asked our team members at Warrior Canine Connection what they’re grateful for this year, and we’re sharing their responses with you, along with best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. 

“I am thankful that WCC has figured out a way to stay open. That have a place to work. And that by staying open, we’re able to continue to provide this great service to Veterans now and future.  
– Tim O’BoyleFacilities Manager 

“I’m grateful to be surrounded by dogs that constantly make me smile. They’re a good reminder to appreciate the “little” things, just like they do.” 
– Jen Blessing, Service Dog Training Instructor 

“That WCC and everyone who works here keeps moving forward, innovating and evolving even during these stressful times. The health of my friends and family and being able to be present in not just the big moments but the little ones as well. (And being able to workout at home is a bonus.)”  
– Lydia DehnHuman Resource Officer/Office Manager

“My work and personal families, friends, and neighbors – they have kept me sane and even smiling through this year. My sweet boys (dogs), Cezanne & Padriag, who show me how to live in the moment and what is most important. I am soooo thankful to still have a job and the ability to work from home when needed.”  
– Cheryl Bingham, Puppy Program Manager and Trainer

“This year, I’m most thankful for the extra time I’ve had to spend with my little family. Covid forced us to slow the schedules down, play more games, listen to each other more, and just be grateful for the gift of time together.”  
– Jennifer Wilder, Director of Development

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve those who have served in the armed forces not knowing where that would lead and that I get to do it with dogs and all of those who support us in our mission — from our EPWs to puppy sitters and parents, partner programs, and donors big and small — and of course, the founder and leadership of WCC! I’m grateful for the love and kindness of others, the network of friends checking in on each other. I’m grateful that when my husband is my only social contact, we still enjoy each other’s company!” 
– Alexis Baker, Service Dog Training Instructor, Menlo Park

“I am very grateful for our two pups — Cheeky, our pet, and WCC Service Dog in Training Heather — who have gotten us through this difficult year with lots of love and fun. Dogs are the best stress relief out there!” 
– Emily Fritz, Service Dog Training Instructor 

“I would have to say that even with the challenges my family and the rest of the world have faced this year I am grateful for everyone’s resilience.  With all the chaos that surrounds us, friends and family have found so many ways to stay engaged with each other.  In some cases, through the wonders of the internet, I have actually had more contact with old friends than I have in the past. Luckily, I have had the benefit of the young adults in my house to open my eyes to the world of House Party and other group chat sites!” 
– Kim VaughnFacilities Director 

Among many other things, I’m grateful that no humans or dogs were hurt in the tornado that hit HQ.  Also grateful for the way our community helped us clean up and get back in operation! 
– Rick Yount, Founder and Executive Director 

“I’m grateful for all the helpers in the world. I’m grateful for kindness, laughter, family, friends, my sweet dog Ziti, and pizza, of course.” 
– Alyssa Malaspina, Social Media Specialist

I am grateful to have a healthy and active family!” 
– Amy Guidash, Serving Dog Training Instructor, Asheville 

“I am grateful to work alongside such an incredible group of people who are dedicated to serving our Veterans.” 
– Molly Morelli, Director of Dog Programs

“I am grateful for my family, my home, and to be a part of such a passionate, dedicated, and kind team of humans and dogs at WCC. I am also grateful for the veterans that I have met as the Client Liaison and for joining them on their journey to be placed with their dogs.” 
– Katie Dockins, Veteran Client Liaison

“I am thankful for modern technologies that have allowed me to enjoy the company of friends and family while staying healthy and safe during this eventful year!” 
– Allison Pitcher, Digital Communication Specialist