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 Posted: Sep 1 2011, 11:30 AM
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Date: Friday, September 2, 2011 And Luncheon
Place: Palm Beach Kennel Club - Terrace Restaurant
Time: 11:00 am
RSVP: Barbara Masi 561-737-1941 or
or Theresa Hume 561-683-2222 #120 or

Retired Greyhound first Service Dog 4 Service Men

West Palm Beach, Florida -
HERO, a retired racing Greyhound, has become the first service dog to be trained as a
companion to a retired service person in need of an assistance dog. Racing as Fleeter Neal, HERO retired recently to
Greyhound Pets of America FL SE Coast Chapter. He raced at Palm Beach Kennel Club from the Douglas Kennels.
Shortly after retiring, HERO was selected from among the GPA kennel dogs by Daniel De La Rosa and Sara Donadei-
Blood as the first retired racer to be considered for this intensive training program. GPA and the Palm Beach Kennel Club
joined in donating the dog to them for this program.
Daniel De La Rosa is the only Karen Pryor Academy Certified trainer in South Florida. He is a member of the Association
of Pet Dog Trainers and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and owner of Petropolis Park a doggy day care and boarding
facility in Hollywood, FL. He and HERO recently returned from a New York City working vacation, visiting many of
the landmarks and attending a Broadway Show. (See HERO’s photo album on Facebook). De La Rosa is Vice President
of the organization, and HERO’s trainer
De La Rosa says: “HERO’s best asset is how adaptable he is in every situation. He has been on trains, boats, and planes
and even Time Square. HERO is not only calm, HERO is calming. This program is a rewarding way for me / us to thank
our troops who put themselves in harms way to keep our country safe.”
Sara Donadei-Blood is Founder and President of Service Dogs 4 Service Men. Her intention in starting this program is
to “Give back to those who have given so much for us. Also, as we are primarily using the retired racing dogs, we are
impacting two lives at once. We are pairing a Serviceman and Man’s Best Friend – both of whom need each other to
remain successful in this world.”
Barbara Masi, President of the local GPA chapter, is thrilled that Sara and Daniel have selected the Greyhound to train
for this program. “A Greyhound has lived a highly structured life and is still willing to work hard after retiring from the
track.” said Masi. “These dogs are so gentle and bond so quickly with their new owners, certainly the ideal breed for this
The Palm Beach Kennel Club Publicity Director, Tresa Hume, states “We are very proud to be involved with the program
Service Dogs 4 Service Men. We are amazed and excited at the progress and accomplishments made by greyhound
HERO and trainer Daniel De La Rosa. This is a wonderful fit with retired racers and retired service men and women.”
Service Dogs 4 Servicemen, Inc., is a Non-Profit organization whose mission is to place fully-trained Service Dogs with
US Military Veterans in need. These will be placed at no cost to the veteran. Donations are requested - and you may
donate on the web site or mail to ServiceDogs4ServiceMen at 7910 Kimberly Blvd., N. Lauderdale, FL 33068.
We are targeting a Friday, November 11 Veterans Day presentation of HERO to his new owner. Plans are to do this at the
Palm Beach Kennel Club at their celebration of the dedication of America’s service man and women. Shortly after that,
Daniel and Sara will be visiting the GPA kennels to select another dog for the program.
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