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Patriot Assistance Dogs

June 14, 2017
This Labrador retriever, Summer Shandy, is one of the newest recruits to be trained as a Patriot Assistance Dog — after giving birth to three litters of puppies for the program. (Vicki Gerdes/Tribune)
Patriot Assistance Dogs fundraiser set for Saturday at local Sportsman's Club
June 14, 2017 - 8:00am
September 28, 2016
Photo by Vicki Gerdes/Tribune
The 2016 graduation ceremonies for the Patriot Assistance Dogs program was held this Sunday, Sept. 25 at the American Legion in Detroit Lakes. A  total of 24 veteran-service dog pairs were certified this year, one of the largest graduating classes ever for the organization, which has seen 86 pairs complete training since its inception in 2011.
'Rescued dogs, rescuing veterans'; Patriot Assistance Dogs program celebrates five years with reunion, graduation
September 28, 2016 - 11:38am
October 1, 2014
A veteran gives his Patriot Assistance Dog a hug during Sunday's graduation ceremonies in Veterans Memorial Park. JIM SINCLAIR/SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE
A special breed of service dog
October 1, 2014 - 4:00pm
July 16, 2014
Sadie is a rescue dog that is nearly finished with her training and will soon be paired up with the veteran she's been training for. Dennis Junker, is training her. DL NEWSPAPERS/Paula Quam
Assistance dogs face obstacles
July 16, 2014 - 1:43pm
January 19, 2014
On hand for the presentation were (front row, left to right) PAD trainer Linda Wiedewitsch with assistance dog Rocky, Nancy Baker, Bell State Bank, PAD Vice Chairperson Mary Jimmerson and assistance dog K.D. Colt, Bell State Bank’s Debbie Schoenborn and Julie Glawe, ‘Pay It Forward’ donor Erlene Davis, PAD Chairperson Paul Goecke; (back row) PAD board members Treasurer Nancy Zehnacker, Secretary Pam Gregory, Jeff Leichter, Bruce Kunz and Jack Fay. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes
Bank pays it forward to Patriot Assist. Dogs
January 19, 2014 - 9:00am
October 8, 2013
Sandy Lia, at right, with close friend Nettie Momb (center), a resident at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home, and Nettie’s daughter Linda Wiedewitsch, trainer and founder of the Patriot Assistance Dogs (P.A.D.) program, along with P.A.D. service dog Zoey. Lia, the fund development director at Ecumen, was recently honored for her volunteer work with the P.A.D. program. VICKI GERDES/DL NEWSPAPERS
Lia honored for work with Patriot Assistance Dogs
October 8, 2013 - 5:00pm
September 25, 2013
Patriot dog teams will be honored
September 25, 2013 - 12:45pm