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Soldiers of Suicide Litter

As part of the "Soldiers of Suicide" litter, all of these puppies born on October 14, 2016 were named after first responders and veterans who have died by suicide.


Turner

Turner is sable smooth coated male collie. 
He is an extremely adaptable well behaved dog. He is filled with happiness and love. He is attentive and calm (most of the time) and picks up new skills quickly. He still has a lot of puppy in his soul. He is happy to greet anyone who comes within reach and is always willing to play.
Turner is a handsome boy who has brought so much joy and love.

Turner is named after fallen paramedic, Greg Turner. 


Stirling

Stirling is a tri colored smooth male collie. 
Stirling is a very sweet, caring, attentive loving boy. With the most gorgeous tri-coloured coat, upright ears and a long nose that he doesn't seem to know where it ends. Stirlings favourite places: are his bed, working at the hospital and at the school. He loves children and would be happy to be around them all day. He loves walking with the children to and from school and waiting for the crossing guard to say it was time to cross. He is well known at the school he visits and is sad that it's summer break. Stirling loves visiting hospitals and seems to have a soft spot for the elderly who are always sad they cannot pet him because he's a service dog. He has a way with the elderly, their faces would just light up seeing him.
Stirlings favourite things: escalators, elevators, chewing bones, his brothers, laying on the deck, his dog bed, kids, elderly, treats, the rabbit he lives with (cinnamon), his doggy friends, his puppy toy he took home from the breeders when he was 8 weeks old. ( Yes he still has it and hasn't destroyed it).
He is named after Cpl. Thomas Jared "TJ" Stirling.

About TJ Stirling

STIRLING , "T.J." Thomas Jared April 12, 1980 - August 18, 2009 "T.J." Thomas Jared Stirling, beloved husband and best friend of Barb (nee Robichaud), passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at the age of 29 years. T.J. was born in Calgary and attended St. Francis High School. He joined the military in 1999 and served for eight years, including two tours in Afghanistan. T.J. was a member of the First Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petewawa, ON. He retired from the military in January 2008 and was the President of the Falcon's Veterans Motorcycle Club, Calgary chapter. T.J. enjoyed being a dad and took great pleasure in sharing his experiences and values with his children. An avid downhill skier, T.J. enjoyed the mountains, playing poker, dancing, fishing, and his Harley. Besides his loving wife Barb, T.J. is also survived by his son Jared Thomas; daughter Jayda Marie; his parents Keith and Terri of Calgary; brother Laurie; sister Pamela; nephew Dylan; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.


Stark

Stark is a fun-loving boy with a great sense of humor.
He loves to run and play.  

He was named after Cpl. Justin Stark. 

Cpl Justin Stark

At the age of 22, Corporal Justin Stark was already a veteran of the Afghanistan war. More than six feet tall and built like an Olympic swimmer, Cpl. Stark had wanted to make the military his career. But 10 months after returning from the explosives-laden battlefront, he took his own life inside the Hamilton armoury while his fellow soldiers slept ahead "We are honored that Justin will be remembered is such a wonderful way. We can truly understand the healing effects of someone suffering through the tragic events of their past. We hope that "Stark" will make a difference in the life of someone as he might have in Justin's".....Sincerely, Wayne and Patti (Justin's family)


Fergie

Tri-colored rough coated female collie.

Fergie is the sweetest little collie girl - she just loves to snuggle and give tiny kisses.

She was named after Cpl James Ferguson  


McMullin

Sable smooth coated male collie.
McMullin is such a sweet boy! He's an incredible cuddle bug and always wants to be touching someone. He really enjoys playing the 'teeth game', which is a game Collie's like to play that looks a lot like Hippopotamus fighting, with his older half brother HHSD Lance. McMullin was the last puppy born in the SOS litter and he was also the largest! He weighed more than 2x as much as the smallest pup of the litter (Fergie). McMullin was born at a whopping 430 grams compared to Fergie's petite 182 grams. McMullin really is a gentle giant.


Training and Care Costs

It costs us a minimum of $15,000 per dog to raise and train these service dogs.
This amount is only so low due to the immense number of people who donate
thousands of hours of their time over the training life of a service dog. 
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Turner

75% of Turner's training has been sponsored. 
Amount left to be funded: $5,000 
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Stirling

75% of Stirling's training has been sponsored.
Amount left to be funded: $5,000 


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Stark

Wayne and Patti Stark were married on New Years Eve and they asked their guests to support HH Stark as a wedding gift. They raised over $1300! 
Thank you Patricia, Susan, Angela, Michael, Brunelle and many anonymous donors. 

Amount left to be funded: $13,700


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McMullin

Fergie's training is still waiting for that special donor to help cover the costs of her training. 
Amount left to be funded: 
$15,000
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Fergie

Fergie is still waiting for that special donor to help cover the costs of her training. 
Amount left to be funded: 
$15,000