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Plainview Couple Helping to Train Service Dogs for Veterans – EverythingLubbock.com

By Monica Yantosh
myantosh@klbk13.tv

PLAINVIEW, TX -- A Plainview couple is working to help other veterans train dogs to become service dogs. 

Taylor Olson was injured in 2009 while serving in the Navy. From the brain injury and PTSD, Taylor went looking for help, and ended up training his dog, Major, to be his service dog, training which took about 6 to 8 months to complete.

"Major knows where the exits are in buildings," Taylor said.

"I can transfer my negative emotions to Major in a healthy, positive way," he said.

In January 2015, Taylor and his wife Jessica were approached about helping another veteran and service dog. Now, the two created GLAD, or God's Love and Dogs, a group where they will work with veterans and dogs, training the veteran how to train the dog to become a service dog.

"Ultimately, I'm not the one teaching their dog anything," Taylor said. "I'm teaching them how to teach their dog, because if I were to train Major and then give him away to someone, they wouldn't have that emotional connection, you know he does what Jessica asks him to most of the time, but he does what I ask him to do all of the time."

"Just helped him, and provided opportunities that he wouldn't have had, so to pass that along to another veteran who may be struggling with something similar or the same exact thing, it's just really cool, its really cool to be able to help other veteran families," Jessica said.

"You know, you tend to say why when a disaster happens and so for years we were like, 'OK there has to be a good reason, there has to be a positive thing that comes from this', Jessica said. "The positive thing is that we can help other people get their life back on track."

The Olson's are working toward making GLAD a non-profit organization and are currently working with three veterans and their dogs.

For more information on GLAD, or the work the Olson's are doing, you can check their Facebook page here, or their Go Fund Me page here.

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