Bandit is a 1 year old cattle dog mix adopted from the San Diego Department of Animal Services Central Shelter. The staff at the shelter thought Bandit would be a good fit for Shelter to Soldier™, and after evaluating this adorable pup, training director, Graham Bloem, agreed. Bandit is a happy, social guy and is definitely the class clown. This playful ball of energy loves to work hard during training for his favorite reward: playing fetch or tug. Harnessing that puppy energy can be a challenge, but Bandit is on his way to becoming a happy, trained pup with a job and we can’t wait to see him matched with a veteran. Bandit’s adoption, care and training were generously sponsored by our Red Star Sponsor, The Charitable Foundation (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, LA Chapter).

Evan Eskharia is a United States Marine Corps veteran who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) after two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Evan came to Shelter to Soldier for help, and quickly bonded with Bandit. The pair have been working very well together through handler training and recently passed Bandit’s Canine Good Citizen test. Next, they will work toward their Task Test and finally the Assistance Dogs International Public Access Test prior to graduation as a veteran/service dog pair. We are very proud of the progress they have made together, and we are honored to be part of their journey!

Other Dogs in Training

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    Breed: Shepherd Mix
    Age: 4 months

    On November 15th, 2016 our Shelter to Soldier™ service dog training team visited the San Diego Department of Animal Services on Gaines St. in San Diego. There, we met many great dogs – but fell madly in love with this sweet puppy, affectionately named Thursday by her Red Star Sponsor, The Thursday Club Juniors. Thursday […]

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  • Angel + Jax

    Breed: Belgian Malinois
    Age: 1 year old

    Meet Jax! Jax is a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois adopted from San Diego Department of Animal Services Bonita Shelter in September 2016. Jax is full of spunk and life, and we are thrilled to have him in our program. He is very affectionate, enjoys going for walks and loves playing ball as a training reward.  Jax […]

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  • Jaimie + Moose

    Breed: Pit Bull Mix

    Moose is a 2-year-old pit bull mix with a spunky but sweet personality, and a very keen desire to work and please his handler. He was adopted from the San Diego Department of Animal Services Bonita Shelter. Moose works best for affection, and really loves his psychiatric service dog work, as it gives him a […]

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