Specialty Dog Training's charity, Shelter to Solder, gains needed support across the nation.
Graham Bloem, founder of San Diego-based nonprofit Shelter to Soldier, received the 2016 Tailwaggers Foundation’s Waggy Award for community service at a celebration in Hollywood.
Graham Bloem, long-time trainer and owner of San Diego-based Specialty Dog Training, is one of the professionals who recommends against dogs eating in the kitchen. “Not only is the kitchen unsafe for dogs with cooking utensils and stove-top items, but it also is the source of human food in the home, which makes it more difficult for the dog to focus on the task given.
Bloem pointed to the growing problem of dogs in the U.S. shelter system. "Often they're there because they were left alone and destroyed the sofa, a favorite pair of shoes, or the backyard. Then they escaped, became a runaway, or were sent to a shelter. The CleverPet can help stop this problem. A dog with a job is a happy dog."
The evening contained an incredible fundraiser as well for Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit that rescuers a shelter dog, trains it to be a service dog and matches the dog with a Veteran at no cost to the veteran. Shelter to Soldier’s motto “Saving Lives Two At A Time” is more than fitting, saving both a shelter dog and a veteran.
The goal is to save two lives at a time, and on Friday night, a fundraiser was held to benefit a non-profit that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be service animals for military veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
Joined by Graham Bloem, Founder and President of Shelter to Solider, the beneficiary of the Horse Show. Bloem explains his organization’s mission of training shelter dogs to become service dogs for our veterans.
The fundraiser runs alongside the Del Mar International Horse Show Charity Class show in the VIP arena room at the Del Mar arena. The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., with music, art, live and silent auction, drawings and dog sponsorship opportunities.
Chief Dog Trainer Graham Bloem says that the device works when your dog presses a colored button, making a small portion of food pop out.
“Our core mission is saving lives two at a time,” says Graham Bloem, founder, president, and head trainer of Shelter to Soldier. “And we’re actually saving families in many cases.”
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - More than 100 motorcycle riders hit the streets Saturday to raise money for a very special foundation.
Biggs Harley-Davidson in San Marcos will host a celebrity ride starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 29, to benefit Shelter to Soldier, a San Diego-based 501(c)3 nonprofit that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to become certified psychiatric service companions for post-9/11 combat veterans with PTSD and/or traumatic brain injuries.
Join us to help raise funds for Shelter to Soldier. Meet and ride with local celebrities, including KGB's very own Clint August! Big thanks to Clint and Biggs Harley Davidson in San Marcos CA.
"When Vic received Kira, everything changed. He found new purpose and focus, and slowly the man I knew as a husband began to reappear. In the July/August issue of Yoga Digest, Jenn Bodnar shares a beautiful success story about the work Shelter to Soldier is doing.
As the old saying goes, “a dog is a man’s best friend.” The idiom rings particularly true when it comes to Shelter to Soldier, a local non–profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be psychiatric service companions for wounded combat veterans.
Plato partner organization, Shelter to Solider - A non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be psychiatric service companions for wounded combat veterans. Every 63 minutes a U.S. veteran commits suicide and every 11 seconds an animal is euthanized; Shelter to Soldier works to aid and partner together two- and four-legged friends. Through the Wags Back program, Plato will fund the complete training of one dog (named Plato) at the San Diego-based training school. In addition, every Shelter to Soldier dog adopted will go home with wholesome, all natural Plato treats.
Plato Wags Back will directly aid three California rescue-based organizations—Shelter to Soldier (www.sheltertosoldier.org), Fresno Bully Rescue (www.fresnobullyrescue.org) and LabsandFriends.org (www.nkla.org/labs-and-friends-rescue)—that either feed and care for homeless dogs or help enhance the lived of veterans who need assistance animals.
Throughout 2015, Plato Wags Back will directly aid three California rescue-based organizations; Shelter to Soldier, Fresno Bully Rescue and Labsandfriends.org that feed and care for homeless dogs or help enhance the lives of veterans who need assistance animals.
As part of its mission to provide health and safety for dogs through nutrition, California-based wholesome dog treat maker -- Plato Pet Treats announced its first-ever Plato Wags Back program, supporting CA nonprofit Shelter to Soldier.
It’s the day after Memorial Day, but Plato Pet Treats wants to do more than just take a day off work. That’s why the California-based company is pleased to announce its first-ever Plato Wags Back program – in 2015, the program will directly aid three California rescue-based organizations – Shelter to Soldier, Fresno Bully Rescue and Labsandfriends.org – that either feed and care for homeless dogs or help enhance the lives of veterans who need assistance animals.
A fashion show on March 26 will benefit Shelter to Soldier, a San Diego-based nonprofit that trains dogs to become service companions for recently injured combat veterans.
Two causes we love and support, animal adoption and our military, are coming together in one great event this Thursday, March 26th…. Fine Magazines Spring Exposure Fashion Show 2015 to support Shelter To Soldier.
Shelter to Soldier and Griffin Funding have teamed up to underwrite the cost of rescuing and training three shelter dogs and matching them with participating veterans. STS is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them as psychiatric service dogs for post 9/11 U.S. combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
In March of 2015, BuddhiBox supported Shelter to Soldier, a San Diego 501c3 non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be psychiatric service companions for wounded combat veterans. It is estimated that every 63 minutes, a US Veteran commits suicide. That is an average of 23 precious lives a day…Every 11 seconds, an animal is euthanized in our nation. S2S believes it is time to step up, create change and support programs that provide services for our troops at home and those that help save our 4-legged angels with no voice. The founders, Kyrie and Graham Bloem, allowed us to ask them a some questions about the program.
Shelter to Soldier will be the recipient of funds raised from the 4th Annual Spring Xposure Fashion Show Event hosted by FINE Magazine and Schubach Aviation on Thursday March 26, 2015, at Cielo Village in Rancho Santa Fe, from 5:00 p.m.to 8:00 pm.
Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry will be hosting a family- and pet-friendly Holiday Open House Celebration from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
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A portion of the company's net profits is directed toward organizations that shelter and rehome dogs that have been lost, abused or abandoned. Earlier this year, Schubach Aviation kicked off another yearlong fundraising campaign to donate one cent for every mile flown by its fleet to Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit organization whose mission is to train select shelter dogs and place them with U.S. military veterans afflicted with PTSD. Last year, the company donated a total of $9,374 to Shelter to Soldier and this year it expects to raise around $11,000. "Everyone at our company cares deeply about dogs, and supporting Shelter to Soldier is a way for us to help save lives, two at a time," Henry Schubach tells Giving Back Magazine.
For U.S. veteran Vic Martin, this past Veteran’s Day commemorated more than service to his country; it was also the day that his new companion graduated from service training. “Kira,” the precocious rescue dog, received training that will help Vic alleviate stress, anxiety, sleepless nights, hypervigilence, panic attacks and other symptoms related to his medical diagnoses. Kira will guide him through the challenging days ahead.
Meet Graham Bloem, co-founder in September 2012 with his wife, Kyrié, of Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit organization dedicated to training psychiatric service dogs as protector-companions of Post 9/11 combat veterans diagnosed with the invisible wounds of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. On Nov. 10, Bloem and STS volunteers gathered for a Veterans Day eve graduation celebration with La Mesa Navy veteran Vic Martin, family, friends and supporters, to acknowledge official adoption of his new service dog, Kira.
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A day before Veterans Day, a Navy veteran received a gift that will help change his life for the better.
Patriotism runs deep at Southwest Airlines, and they are proud of all those who serve, especially the Active Duty, Reservists and Veterans that are part of the Southwest Family. Southwest honors Veterans, the sacrifice these heroes make, and the unbreakable bond many soldiers have with their dog. In San Diego there are various organizations dedicated to assisting and enhancing the lives of our military heroes.
For years, Bloem volunteered his time and skills, honed over a decade ago at the Animal Behavior College, to focus on rescue dogs. He trained nine stray dogs from Iraq; two became the subjects of best-selling books. The therapeutic affection that these combat veterans had for their dogs sparked the idea that Bloem could put his dog-training skills to use to benefit servicemen with post-traumatic stress disorder.
San Diego 6's Marc Bailey talks to Shelter to Soldier about their upcoming event to raise money for wounded veterans.
Here in San Diego resident Graham Bloem is the “Dog Father” of all dog trainers. With fourteen years of experience training dogs, his business Specialty Dog Training San Diego, is strong enough to certify all his trainees as service dogs. Lucky for me I’ve had the honor of working with Bloem over the years and can honestly say this man has the ability to graciously well manner any barking beast that comes his way, all with out breaking is sweat. - Tania Milberg
STS Founder, Graham Bloem, is a 10News Leadership Award Recipient and Lead San Diego Community Spotlight Award Nominee
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Shelter to Soldier, a nonprofit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to become certified psychiatric service companions for post 9/11 U.S. combat Veterans suffering from PTSD, hosted its second annual benefit on July 28. Festivities included a private screening of the “Bucket List” feature film (starring Oscar winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman), including a Q and A with Executive Producer and Screenwriter Justin Zackham.
Downtown San Diego — Shelter to Soldier, a local non-profit that rescues shelter dogs and trains them as service companions for recent combat veterans suffering from PTSD, is hosting its 2nd annual benefit 6 to 10 p.m. July 28 at The Ultimate Skybox, 350 10th Ave. in downtown San Diego.
Shelter to Soldier will be hosting their 2nd annual benefit on Monday July 28th from 6 - 10 pm at The Ultimate Skybox downtown San Diego. Magic's morning show hosts, Jagger & Kristi, will be in attendance.
On Monday, July 28, at 6pm, Shelter To Soldier presents a benefit at The Ultimate Skybox downtown featuring a special screening of Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, along with an exclusive Q & A with the film’s producer and screenwriter Justin Zackham.
The co-founders say CleverPet is intended to help dogs and other pets get through the boredom of the day while they’re alone at home. The company says American pets spend more than 10 billion hours alone. For a pack animal like a dog, that can lead to separation anxiety—and such behavioral issues as ceaseless barking, spinning thousands of circles while biting its tail, or gnawing on irrigation sprinklers in the yard.
Schubach Aviation to Sponsor Shelter to Soldier for Second Straight Year through “One Cent Per Mile” Program
“Shelter to Soldier is fulfilling a critical need, saving lives two at a time,” said Schubach. “Schubach Aviation is proud to align its name with an organization with such a worthwhile mission.”
Doggy Zoo wants to thank Graham Bloem and Shelter to Soldier for the wonderful work they do.
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With the help of Graham Bloem of Specialty Dog Training, both Maverick and Sophie are camera ready! A big thanks goes to Graham!
Schubach Aviation-Sponsored Shelter Dog “Charlie” Flies Through First Phase of Basic Obedience Training
Through Shelter to Soldier, the rescued 15-month-old terrier/bulldog mix is off to a good start to becoming a certified service companion.
Specialty Dog Training's CEO, Graham Bloem, called into the AJ show on Energy 103.7 to bid against other local companies to sponsor AJ's shirt for the kid's crane. The auction benefitted Rady Children's Hospital. Specialty Dog Training had the winning bid of $1500.00! Graham went on air to present the donation check to AJ while he was living in AJ's Kids Crane raising 100,000 toys for Rady's.
Shelter to Soldier founder Graham Bloem was recently awarded the 10News Leadership Award at Schubach Aviation. The distinction recognizes someone who provides leadership by making San Diego a better place to live, standing up for those who need help, has initiated or created solutions for others, is a role model and fulfills a local need — thereby improving the quality of life for all San Diegans.
San Diegan Man Bettering Lives of Veterans and Shelter Dogs
The Shelter to Soldier program is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from local shelters and trains them to be valuable service companions for psychologically wounded combat veterans.
Shelter to Soldier Founder, Graham Bloem, makes a guest appearance on the Roger Hedgecock Show. Bloem shares information about their mission at Shelter to Soldier and fields questions from Roger.
San Diego Pets Magazine: Schubach Aviation Sponsors Rescued Shelter Dog, Charlie, on his Journey to Become Wingman for U.S. Military Veteran Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine - Schubach Aviation Sponsors Rescued Shelter Dog Charlie on his Journey to Become Wingman for U S Military Veteran
For nearly all his life, he’s known only rejection and isolation. But “Charlie”, as the Schubach Aviation team has named him, is now on his way to becoming a certified service companion dog and the cherished wingman for a U.S. veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as he or she navigates the hardships of daily civilian life.
In May, Ranch and Coast partnered with Schubach Aviation for our Best of San Diego Party. Proceeds benefited Shelter to Soldier, which rescues shelter dogs and trains them to become service companions for veterans.
Ranch & Coast and Schubach Aviation team up to support Shelter to Soldier by naming STS the beneficiary of the Best Of Party!
Schubach Aviation held a special event on May 24 at its Palomar Airport hangar. The event included a live auction to benefit Shelter to Soldier, a local non-profit that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to become service companions for veterans in need.
It's often said that man knows no greater depth of friendship and loyalty than that of a dog. It was an affinity for dogs that brought together Schubach Aviation and Shelter to Soldier.
2013 Best of Party: Join Ranch & Coast Magazine at Schubach Aviation's Hangar to celebrate the Readers Choice Best of 2013! Proceeds will benefit Shelter to Soldier
Please join the Shelter to Soldier Team and Ranch & Coast Magazine on Friday, May 24, from 6-9pm, for their Best of San Diego Party at Schubach Aviation’s Hangar. The event will celebrate the 2013 Best of San Diego & Best Restaurant Winners, and will feature live entertainment by Grammy Award-winning Fuzzy Rankins Quartet, as well as signature tastes from a stellar lineup of culinary partners including Pamplemousse Grille, The Fish Market, Burlap, Market Restaurant + Bar, The Marine Room, Pacifica Del Mar, Café Secret, Waters Fine Catering, Stone Brewing Co., Venom Vodka, Nobleza Azul Tequila, and more.
Fly Private. Save a Dog. Help a Veteran.
"This is about a remarkable program called Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving the lives of veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) find true independence through the love of a dog."
Shelter to Soldier and Sally and Henry’s Doghouse Join Together to Raise Funds April 26, 2013 Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine
Shelter to Soldier is hosting a fundraising event at Sally and Henry’s Doghouse Bar and Grill on April 26, 2013 from 5-11 pm to help defray costs for shelter dogs that Graham Bloem is committed to saving and training to connect with soldiers suffering from PTSD through the non-profit. Dog lovers interested in assisting soldiers with PTSD may bring their dogs to enjoy a great dining and drinking experience with the comfort in knowing that a portion of their bill will go directly to Shelter to Soldier to support the non-profit’s cause.
Schubach Aviation Kicks Off One-Cent-Per-Mile Fundraising Campaign Benefitting “Shelter to Soldier” Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine - Schubach
“When I heard about this organization and its mission, I was compelled to act,” said Henry Schubach, president and founder of Schubach Aviation (www.schubachaviation.com), a San Diego private air charter operator. “Here was an opportunity to support two causes that are important to us: dogs and veterans. We’re looking forward to partnering with Shelter to Soldier in 2013 to help them rescue otherwise unwanted dogs and turn them into needed companions to our returning veterans who might be struggling to re-enter normal life here in our community.”
PACIFIC BEACH, Calif.- A local non-profit organization called “Shelter to Soldier” is connecting dogs that need homes with service members who need a service companion.
Shelter to Soldier pairs Tyberius with a LCpl based in San Diego at Camp Pendleton. Listen to the interview with Jagger & Kristi and STS Founder Graham Bloem to hear about Ty's story and his new marine dad.
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Petco shares the story of Kira, a service dog in training from our program, Shelter to Soldier. The video highlights STS founder Graham Bloem, his son and the impact dogs have on our veterans.
Experienced, knowledgable, patient and above all passionate, Graham Bloem is a powerhouse in the world of Dog Training. He is a first-hand example of the incredible evolutionary changes between the intimate relationship of dog and human. With over 10 years working with canines, Bloem has created an extraordinary non-profit program that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be service companions for Veterans, what he calls Shelter to Soldier.
The Rancho Coastal Humane Society is truly a gem in the animal rescue and community education departments! Now also working along side our very own, Shelter to Soldier, providing a temporary home for our dogs during their service dog training. Thank you Jim Silveira, John Van Zante and all of the other great animal loving staff for providing a safe haven for pets and much needed animal care education to our community.
The Halloween Pet Costume Contest will happen at 4:15pm during Trick or Treat on MAGIC Street and will be judged by Dog Trainer Graham Bloem from Specialty Dog Training, Jessica Geurke from Helen Woodward Animal Center and Linda Septon from Chula Vista Animal Care Facility.
The saying goes, "There are only two places where you get unconditional love ---- God and Dog." This is a story about one of them.
Graham Bloem talks about Shelter to Soldier, our non profit organization that rescues dogs and trains them as service animals for our troops.
Catch our Specialty Dog Training expert Graham Bloem on CBS 8 – San Diego News tonight at 5pm talking about our non profit organization, Shelter to Solider. — with Tania Rose Milberg at Rancho Coastal Humane Society
Bloem has gained tremendous respect from San Diego’s highest profile animal rescue organizations and programs. Today he is proudly supported by San Diego Animal organizations such as San Diego’s Helen Woodward Animal Center, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, as well has been countlessly featured on San Diego news stations such as KFMB CBS 8, , FOX 5 San Diego, and NBC San Diego.
Jagger & Kristi followed through on Laurie’s wishes and enlisted the help of Dog Trainer Graham Bloem from Specialty Dog Training.
Interview with Graham Bloem to help understand Military working dogs and their part in the Bin Laden Raid
"Because of their intelligence, their willingness to work, the alertness, their speed, it's exactly why they're a perfect fit for the military," said Graham Bloem.
Interest in adopting military dogs is soaring to new heights. They're more than just companions: dogs take on an important role in the military.
One was the leader of an 11-man U.S. Marine counterinsurgency force on the Iraq-Syria border. The other, the scrappy leader of a wild pack of 11 dogs living in abandoned ruins and subsisting on garbage.
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The frozen, war-ravaged desert and ruins of Iraq are in the past for this dog. The German shepherd-border collie mix that was rescued and nursed back to health by Marine Maj. Brian Dennis and his men arrived in Chicago on Wednesday on a Royal Jordanian Airlines flight. Nubs flew out again Friday on an American Airlines jet, landing in the afternoon at San Diego's Lindbergh Field before heading to his new address.
Dog’s Life Magazine, Dogs of War. (interview with Graham Bloem discusses how he plans to help Nubs adjust
Friendships formed by soldiers in war zones are often lifelong and titanium strong. Soldier/canine friendships built in times of war are no different. Dogs can give soldiers a bit of home in a far-off land or a moment of love during a ruthless mission—and the abandoned or feral dogs find solace in the company of caring people.
It's been an intense 10-day training mission for the seven Iraqi puppies waiting to be reunited with Camp Pendleton Marines who adopted them.
"Routine and exercise help keep me sane, but I know that my experiences in Iraq have changed me. When I first got back, and Lava was enduring one private training session after another, I would just watch him and Graham Bloem, who'd helped with Lava's first day in the United States
"It's how the dog learns to be more domineering, more bossy," says Graham Bloem, a certified advanced dog trainer in San Diego, Calif., who works with numerous dog rescue groups and shelters.
Regardless of your dog's breed, age, personality or history, we can create a customized dog training program that will fit your dog and lifestyle.