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Watch Daniel & Bear's story!

Daniel is an Army veteran who served in Iraq in 2008. He and his wife, Jennifer, along with their two boys, live in Willis, Texas.

Daniel considers himself blessed, but is still dealing with emotional and physical conditions related to his service. He wanted the companionship of a loyal four-legged friend.

A caring woman named Keri Cooper discovered Bear at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, and after foster-homing him for several months, contacted Paws for Heroes to see if Bear was the right kind of dog for placement with a veteran. Paws for Heroes’ evaluation showed Bear to be smart, sweet and loyal to a fault.

He and Daniel were matched in early February 2016. Dogs sometimes need some time to adjust to a new owner, but Bear “adopted” Daniel as his battle buddy within the first few hours after they met.

Daniel says Bear has changed his life.  Daniel has a new outlook on life and has reconnected with his family. 

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