I am so proud and honored to add another hero to our Soldiers 6 family. Meet Paul. He is our 1st firefighter recipient and one heck of a great guy! It warms my heart that we are able to help him. He and his K9 in training, Frank, make a perfect duo. I am proud of Paul for sharing a small part of his hurt and sadness with us in an effort to help others. Thank you Paul for your service and sacrifice to your community, and special thanks to his family and friends who have stood by his side. Please help us welcome Paul and K9 Frank to our family. ❤️Here is his story. #evenheroesneedbackup
I have spent my entire life in Maplewood. I started my career with The Maplewood Fire Department in 1987 at the age of twenty-six. I retired January 2018 after 30 years on the streets of Maplewood as a fire captain/ paramedic. Working in the city in which you grew up in and raised for family in becomes difficult when the emergency incident involves someone you know. During the spring of 2017 I distanced myself from my friends and station crew; I sold important hobby equipment and began to think about a suicide plan. Fall of 2017 there was some very serious incidents that I couldn’t stop thinking about, and some incidents from years ago came into my thoughts. I was irritable with my wife and kids and never spoke about my thoughts.
The week of Thanksgiving 2017 we had an incident that involved the death of a friend of mine from high schools father. After that incident I decided it was time to enact my suicide plan. November 29th was the date I picked, but luckily I became scared and called my wife at work stating I needed help.
I was diagnosed with PTSD, Major depression and suicidal ideation. Since that day I have spent a month in United Hospital and two separate months at a firefighter PTSD treatment center in Maryland.
My German Shepherd Frank is a gentle giant and true life saver. Frank is receiving his service dog training now, I am thankful for Frank and the tremendous gift Soldiers 6 has given me. #evenheroesneedbackup #ptsd #fire #firefighter #thinblueline #thinredline #k9 #germanshepherd #love #healing #minnesota #newlife
I'm not really sure how I wanted to word this post, so here goes nothing. When talking to people German Shepherds, Huskies, and Golden's are among the most frequent dog I hear people want.
I am going to speak about GSDs and Huskies because they are similar in many ways. These breeds are amazing, loyal, smart, and some of the most frustrating breeds you can own. That being said, they are not breeds that anyone should own, much like the Malinois. They require insane amounts of time, attention, and care.
Let's talk about grooming for a second, both GSDs and Huskies are double coated and shed a lot. This means that you will spend hours grooming, and cleaning your house more than once a week. There is also an investment that goes along with getting proper grooming tools, or paying professionals to groom. On the one brush and dryer in this picture we spent well over $200 just to keep the shedding under control. And this shedding persists year long in both breeds.
Next is the loyalty, that in many ways gets expressed as separation anxiety. Huskies and GSDs develop deep bonds with their immediate families and have a hard time with separation. This feeds into their intelligence, and the work that goes into properly exercising them. They require both physical and mental stimulation, and a lot of it. If you plan on getting either breed be prepared to keep the dog busy in more ways than one. Without stimulation these dogs will often develop worse anxiety, bad habits, and many times destructive tendencies such as chewing or aggression.
The point of this post is not the scare people away from the breed, but more to make sure you are prepared for the extra work that goes into them. Too many people get GSDs, Huskies, Border Collies, and other intelligent breeds and end up rehoming them due to their behavior and inability to care for them. A phrase I've picked up recently from the SD community is need before breed, be aware of what you are taking on please.
That all being said, I never believed I could have been as lucky as to get a dog as amazing as Tal, and am grateful for her everyday.