Although every Service Dog Organization is responsible for the actions of the Service Dogs evaluated, trained and accredited, it is still the after training handling by the Dog’s handler, in this case the Veteran, to maintain TADSAW’s philosophy “If you set your dog up to fail, the Dog will fail” and consequently so will the Veteran.

A Service Dog may be accredited by successfully completing the Public Access Temperament Test, but in reality the dog only goes from the status of an “in-training service dog” to a “Service Dog In-Training” for the remainder of their career. And the handler must be aware of this at all times. Having a Service Dog is a 24/7/365 commitment for Life!!!

TADSAW feels that the actions by the Augusta, KS police could have been handled better, such as waiting for Alan to come and answer the door, rather than banging on the door and causing Midnite to be reactive in protecting his home. It is unfortunate what transpired resulting in the loss of a Service Dog’s life and the consequences facing the Veteran.

TADSAW also believes Alan should have taken better care of his Battle Buddy, by not allowing him to have free roam of the housing community he lived in. Roaming is unacceptable for any dog, but in the case of a trained Service Dog…. it sets the Service Dog up to fail, by allowing the dig to be itself, whether running and playing with other dogs or whatever. Not being on the leash and with Alan, suspends the dog’s function  of being a Service Dog.

TADSAW and myself, stand behind this TADSAW Dog Trainer, and any other TADSAW Trainer, in her pre-training evaluation and assessment of Midnite, as being a suitable candidate for the program. There is no evidence this or any other, TADSAW Trainer does not comply with the training and testing guidelines of the TADSAW program.

This situation in Augusta, KS was unfortunate but it is also a learning opportunity to assure every Veteran realizes their responsibility to their Service Dog Battle Buddy to KEEP THEM SAFE and out of harm’s way.

It is still TADSAW’s commitment to using only positive reinforced training methodology in the building of the canine-human bond, so necessary in any type of working dog relationship. ‘TOGETHER YOU TRAIN TO HONE YOUR SKILLS AND BOND AS A TEAM”!!


UPDATE: Judge exonerates veteran taken down for bringing service dog into VA

Service dog dispute with VA police leaves veteran with injured shoulder, a bleeding dog and federal charge.

If this has happened to you and your Service Dog – please contact the author of this article Thomas Clouse (509)459-5495 or tomc@spokesman.com – to share your own experience nightmare!!!

TADSAW – Train a Dog Save a Warrior

TADSAW, INC. is a Texas 501(c)(3)  not for profit organization, EIN:45-4556055,  administering  the ‘Train A Dog – Save A Warrior’ (TADSAW) program.

The TADSAW, INC. mission is to provide for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog, as designated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990/2010 guidelines, for any wounded Veteran Service Member (Active Duty. Retired, Discharged) surviving with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), in order to restore and improve the Veteran’s Quality of Life with a canine ‘Battle Buddy’, at no charge to the Veteran or the family.

TADSAW, INC. oversees a second program, the ‘Train A Dog – Save A Family’ (TADSAF), which also provides for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog for any Veteran’s immediate family, spouse and/or children, surviving with compassion fatigue, secondary Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or any other mental health issue diagnosed while the Veteran was deployed or on Active Duty, in order to restore and improve the individuals Quality of Life with a canine ‘Buddy’, at no charge to the family.

TADSAW, INC. supports a third program, the ‘Train A DOG – Save A Responder’ (TADSAR), which also provides for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog for any First Responder, Local and State Police, Fire Fighters, and Hospital staff, surviving with the aftermath of treating individuals that are victims of catastrophic events or accidents.

TADSAW, INC. is committed to serving the United States Military men and women, their families and the First Responders, responsible with protecting our nation.


May 4, 2017 – (Thursday)

24 hours of on-line giving thru the Big Give San Antonio website; beginning Midnight May 3rd thru Midnight May 4th.Please give often!!!

May 20, 2017 (Saturday): Armed Forces Day
Morning: Morgan’s Wonderland – San Antonio, TX
OEF/OIF/OND Welcome Home Event
Expo Table Registration Form
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Event time 10:30am – 2:00pm
Morgan’s Wonderland

EVENING: South Texas Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center – San Antonio, TX
The Greller Gallery presenting ‘Comfort Creatures by Heather Gauthier” Art Exhibition benefitting the ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ program
Artist Talk & Reception May 20th at 7:30pm (1930-military!!!!)
503 E. Sonterra Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78258
Please RSVP : farylgreller@gmail.com

May 29, 2017 – Monday
Memorial Day 2017 – Donor Special!!!

Sponsor One TADSAW Service Dog Team for $2,500. – get a 2nd Team trained at no additional cost!!!!! SOGO – Sponsor One Get One!!!Offer Expires May 31, 2017.

June 14, 2017 – Wednesday
Flag Day National Holiday

July 4, 2017 – Tuesday
July Fourth Salabration!!!

Sponsor one TADSAW Service Dog Team for $2,500. – get a 2nd Team trained at no additional cost!!! SOGO – Sponsor One Get One !!! Offer expires July 31st 2017

TADSAW INC Milestones

  • 03/27/2017 – 500th Male Veteran Service Dog Team accredited

  • 09/30/2016 – TADSAW Service Dog Team TSD0600 accredited

  • 02/29/2016 – TADSAW Service Dog Team TSD0500 accredited

  • 09/15/2015 - 100th Women Veteran Service Dog Team accredited

  • 06/15/2015 – TADSAW Service Dog Team TSD0400 accredited

  • 07/27/2014 – TADSAW Service Dog Team TSD0300 accredited

  • 01/13/2014 – TADSAW Service Dog Team TSD0200 accredited

  • 04/04/2013 – TADSAW Service Dog Team TSD0100 accredited

  • 01/01/2012 – TADSAW INC officially is EIN 45-4556055 – a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization!!

  • 12/19/2011 – First Women Veteran Service Dog Team accredited

  • 12/19/2011 – Vietnam Veteran Service Dog Team VV0001 accredited

  • 11/29/2010 – TADSAW Service Dog Team TSD0001 accredited

  • 07/30/2010 – First Application submitted and begins training

  • 07/19/2010 – ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ (TADSAW) program born under the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation

TADSAW INC Statistics

July 2010 – 03/28/2017

  • Total Number of Applicants: 9,136

  • Total TADSAW Service Dog Teams: 668

  • Male : Female Veteran Service Dog Teams: 501 : 167

  • Total Vietnam Veteran Service Dog Teams: 83

  • Total Korean War Veteran Service Dog Teams: ONE