Organization puts new meaning to "A Dog is a Man's Best Friend"
They say a dog is a man's best friend; no one knows that better then Gorge Torrez, a Marine who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.
"He's aware of things that I'm not, he know when I'm not feeling well, he knows things that I don't think off, he reminds me to take my medication," said Torrez.
Torrez received Rudy, a 1-year-old Black Labrador, through K9s for Warriors, an organization that trains service dogs, to help soldiers suffering from PTSD live a more normal live.
When the folks at St. Paul's Episcopal Church heard about K9 for Warriors, they knew it was a program they had to get involved with.
"For two years we've been officially designated a veteran's friendly congregation and we thought lets go another stage and put it into action," said Deacon Jim Perks.
With the help of the Deerfield-Windsor cross country team and the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, they organized the "K9s for Warriors 5K Charity Run."
"We felt like a race on the base, showcasing what we have here, was just a perfect combination for a fundraiser," said race organizer Cathy Jones.
250 runners turned out, raising $6,500 that will go toward the training of these service dogs.
When it comes to the black lab, Rudy, he's enjoying this partnership as well. His owner Torrez says they have already bonded, after only being together four months.