By: Megan Way Photos by: Su Phelps and Lawrence Oravetz
Jewish War Veterans (JWV) Post 65 had their monthly meeting on Dec 2nd. At the meeting they discussed their recent Poppy Drive, held a service dog graduation and accepted a new member.
Stephanie Gerken, Founder of Michael Angel Paws came to the JWV Post 65 meeting to graduate Honey Rogers and Lucky the dog from Michael Angel Paws’ service dog program.
Soon after Honey submitted his application, someone at The Animal Foundation told Stephanie Gerken they had a couple of dogs that were good candidates for Service dog work. There Honey met Lucky, “He literally walked around my chair twice and sat down” and Honey took him home that day.
“He’s saved my life twice in the past 2 years.” Honey says, “I was asleep on July 3rd, and he literally jumped up on my bed put both his paws on the bed and woke me up. While I couldn’t breath or talk, so he jumped off the bed and went to my Life Alert button he pushed my Life Alert button. A lady came online and said, “Honey, are you okay?” Well I couldn’t talk so he started barking, they immediately dispatched an ambulance to my home. They took me to the hospital and they found out I had a blood clot in my left lung, so if it don’t be for him I wouldn’t be here today”
After 2 years of training and fun, Honey and Lucky received a Certificate of Achievement and to replace Lucky’s Service Dog In-Training vest, a new Michael Angel Paws Service Dog vest. Stephanie Gerken also received a donation for Michael Angel Paws from JWV Post 65 after the graduation ceremony.
JWV Post 65 now has a new addition, Martha Bay. She was in the U.S. Army. She first met JWV Post 65 members at their recent Poppy Drive. After talking about the cause for the Poppy Drive and a call to the commander, she immediately started volunteering with the other members. Before she was even a member!