PTSD Service Dogs 4 Military & First Responders

Service Vests

Service Dogs at work

Providing Comfort to Lakeland Student Veterans of America in Kirtland, OH

Combining our Service Dog training with the SVA Lakeland

Our goal is to train all our dogs in varies settings. Which includes providing comfort time to the many veterans at Lakeland Community College ~ Branch designated to SVA. Our dogs learn the  importance of  emotional support. Veterans take full advantage of this program. 

(Picture Above : SVA President Alex Picciano  with Jolene  "Service Dog In-Training")

Lakeland Student Veterans of America

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Lakeland Community College

7700 Clocktower Dr.

Kirtland, OH 44094


Phone (440)525-7529

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CONGRATULATIONS TO BEAR & JEFF

06/29/2019

Having completed his CGC, CGC Urban, CGC Community Canine and PAT -  Bear is now an active member of the service dog community. Both Jeff and Bear completed testing with 100%  

8/18/2019

Meet & Greet at Pet Supplies Plus of Willowick

3pm - 6pm

Pet Supplies Plus 30450 Lakeshore Blvd, Willowick, OH 44095

Event Details

8/18/2019

Meet & Greet at Pet Supplies Plus of Willowick

We invite you to meet the Dogs and Volunteers of BBSP, at Pet Supplies Plus  of Willowick, OH.   

3pm - 6pm

Pet Supplies Plus 30450 Lakeshore Blvd, Willowick, OH 44095

9/15/19

Meet & Greet at Pet Supplies Plus of Willowick

3pm - 6pm

Pet Supplies Plus 30450 Lakeshore Blvd, Willowick, OH 4409

Event Details

9/15/19

Meet & Greet at Pet Supplies Plus of Willowick

 

We invite you to meet the Dogs and Volunteers of BBSP, at Pet Supplies Plus of Willowick, OH.   


3pm - 6pm

Pet Supplies Plus 30450 Lakeshore Blvd, Willowick, OH 4409

Jeff Gibbon walks his dog Bear up and down the aisle of Pet Supplies Plus in Willowick, two days a w

By Kristi Garabrandt kgarabrandt@news-herald.com

BBSP, Inc. in Willowick brings rescue dogs and veterans together

 

Jeff Gibbon walks his dog Bear up and down the aisle of Pet Supplies Plus in Willowick, two days a week issuing him a variety of commands while employees and customers watch.

Gibbon is a veteran who served two tours in Iraq during his eight years of military service and has suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of those deployments. 

That is where Bear comes in -- a collie/Labrador mix who is his service-dog in training.

"I mean you have support groups where you can go and talk, but that doesn't work for everyone," the Madison resident said. "I don't like talking to a group of people so one way would be a service animal. Some of my military partners have service dogs who have been working for them to help with their anxieties, stresses and instabilities."

Bear is a rescue dog Gibbon adopted through BBSP, Inc., a nonprofit organization that rescues dogs whose temperament meets the criteria for service-dogs from high kill animal shelters.

Gibbon first met Bear when he stopped in to Pet Supplies Plus to get food for another dog he had, who has since passed away. While checking out, his wife Sadie saw adoptable puppies in a kennel and wanted to look at them, but he was reluctant  since they already had a dog.

Gibbon noticed as he started to go that one puppy was watching his every move.  As he started to walk away the puppy separated himself from the rest of the puppies in the kennel and came towards him. 

"My wife is like there you go, you got yourself a dog. He (Bear) found you," Gibbon recalled.

Later that evening the couple started thinking about it and Sadie decided she was getting the dog for him.

Looking back, Gibbon suspects that the puppy might have sensed his anxiety that day.

Vania Miekeley-Mahon, president and owner of BBSP, Inc., formed the organization in 2017, after seeing the need for service dogs and the need to save dogs from being put down. Mahon realized that by teaming a rescue dog with a veteran or first responder with PTSD she could possibly save two lives. 

Gibbon believes that while it will never completely eliminate veteran or first responder suicides, service dogs could help reduce the number of them.

"I don't think you can fully stop that, but I do think it will help," Gibbon said.

Through BBSP, Inc., veterans like Gibbon and dogs like Bear go through a two-year training program which cost approximately $4,000. The program provides the dog, and during training the dog food, veterinarian fees, training and boarding, flea/tick and heart-worm prevention, service vest and patches, ID cards, handbook and care guide, leash, collar, tags, and toys.

The program includes, weekly training sessions with the veteran and the dog. Mahon currently does the training at Pets Supplies Plus. The dog is trained in obedience, canine citizenship, and public access training. 

Gibbon said that training with Bear has taught him a lot about patience, especially since Bear, currently 5 months old, is still a puppy. 

"With Bear being a puppy we are learning this together," Gibbon said. "So its working hand and hand and its very therapeutic  when you can see he is getting it."

Once they go through the local training, the new owner and dog go to a training facility in Indiana for a week of additional training and then they are certified. 

KOOL 101.7 FM Radio Interview

Vania Miekeley-Mahon, President of BBSPdogs Inc., interviewed by Dave Doney, of WNKO/WHTH Radio, located in Newark Ohio. Aired on 3/28/19

Vania Miekeley-Mahon, President Interview 3/28/19 (mp3)

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Bikers Creed MC Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser 2019

This was the first of its kind fundraiser with a motorcycle club.

Bikers Creed MC went above and beyond to make this fundraiser be a successful event.

We at BBSP, Inc. can't thank this amazing organization enough in supporting our endeavor of  saving 2 lives at a time.

The generosity of this organization was a blessing to BBSP.


Even one of our longest residence in foster found his way to be adopted by one of their members.




How To Do A Fundraiser For BBSP, Inc.

If you are an organization and looking to do a fundraiser simply click on the button below to contact us.

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By Chad Felton cfelton@news-herald.com

BIKER's CREED MC HOSTING SCAVENGER HUNT TO BENEFIT BULLY BREED SAFE PLACE  IN WILLOWICK



Dogs in need are getting a hand this weekend from  Biker Creed Motorcycle Club.

The club is holding a scavenger hunt Aug. 17 to benefit Bully Breed Safe Place, a nonprofit organization based in Willowick that rescues dogs from shelters, trains them as service animals and pairs them with disabled veterans or first responders.

“Our primary goal is to raise the funds to continue to help our nation's heroes and save the lives of dogs,” said Jeanne Schussler, membership/operations director for the club. “Our club decided we would like to have some type of an event so we looked into what charitable organization we wanted to help.

“Our president Roger Lowe and his wife, Lisa, actually have a family member that works with BBSP, and she also has one of their service dogs, so we all voted and chose them.”

This isn’t the first time the club has collaborated to aid the Northeast Ohio region, as it’s hosted events and raffles in the past to raise money to help families and charitable organizations during the Christmas season.

“And we will continue to do so in the future” Schussler said. “We are about supporting the community, especially charitable causes and people that really need it.”

Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Grand River Manorat 1153 Mechanicsville Road in Geneva, with first bike out at 11 and last bike out at noon. The cost is $15 for a single rider and $25 for couples.

A 50/50 Chinese raffle will be held at Paradise Bay Waterfront Grill and Bar  at 414 Geneva Point in Roaming Shores at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to help BBSP, Inc.

In addition to bikes, trucks and cars are also permitted to ride. All are welcome. The event will take place rain or shine.