Copper Has Been Placed With His New Battle Buddy

Smoky Mountain Service Dogs is pleased to announce that Copper and his recipient have recently passed their ADI Public Access Test and are beginning to settle into their new life together. Copper's recipient was serving with the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq during May of 2003. While on a combat mission out of Baghdad, he was thrown from an armored personnel carrier, sustaining a significant traumatic brain injury. Since being matched with Copper, this young man's VA doctors have seen improvement in his overall health, attitude, mobility, and his sleep patterns are returning to normal. Copper uses his 80 pounds to assist his buddy to get out of bed, rise from a sitting position, reminds him to take his medicines when an alarm sounds, and also provides mobility assistance. Due to his injury and resultant PTSD, this young man was living somewhat of a reclusive lifestyle. Recently, with Copper by his side, he escorted his wife to the mall and took in a movie.

Copper was sponsored into service by Dee and Fuzzy Hughes, in honor of their deceased son, SGT. Keith Hughes, U.S.M.C. God Bless and Rest in Peace.