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Fridays with FAITH: Meet Dustin & TAHOE!

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Fridays with FAITH: Meet Dustin & TAHOE!

Hello my FAITH-ful readers! I hope you’ve had a great week! Our pack has some incredibly ‘woof-derful’ news that will make you jump for joy! We have a new addition to our pack- Dustin & TAHOE are now part of the maCares Service Dog Support Program! I’m jumping all over the place I’m so excited!!!

I dug up the dirt on their story from TAHOE. In August 2015, after over 10 years of serving as a Virginia State Trooper, Dustin experienced a life changing call resulting in PTSD, panic attacks, heightened anxiety, fear, trouble sleeping, night terrors, being in crowds, constant headaches, muscle aches, and tension.


In February 2017, Dustin and TAHOE laid eyes on and sniffed each other for the first time. TAHOE helps Dustin cope with anxiety and depression, awakens him before his nightmares get too severe, alerts him when someone is approaching from behind, and encourages him to interact more with people.



TAHOE has improved Dustin’s and his other 2-legged family member’s lives- a beautiful wife and 2 wonderful daughters. Dustin is changing careers and is pursuing an IT degree- isn’t that “paw-some?!” TAHOE is eager to work on his skills and also loves playing ball with Dustin.



The pack and our 2-legged friends are so excited that Dustin & TAHOE have joined the maCares family! Please help us celebrate and support them! Be sure to check out all of the maCares & faith Cares service dog teams at Stay up-to-date on the events maCares holds to raise money to stay committed to ‘Helping Service Dogs Help Others’ by following us on Facebook.

Together we are helping to make a difference in the lives of others. Would you please consider making a tax deductible donation or purchasing from our Facebook Shop so we are able to help more service dog teams and rescued animals in need?


Check back soon for updates from yours truly!

Wags and licks,


This article was written by FAITH

My name is FAITH, and I'm a service dog to Sgt Terry White, PH IOF. You've probably seen me around the Market America office or at one of their events. I'm the pretty blonde with the big smile The wonderful maCares team is pretty fond of me, and they've decided to devote each Friday's blog post to my stories, pearls of wisdom, and "tails" of others giving back to their communities. We'll call it "Fridays with Faith". What you may not know about me is that I'm named after someone special. The flag that represents this great country flies high on the flag pole for my namesake's sacrifice. I am named in memory of U.S. Army Sergeant Faith Hinkley, who died on August 7, 2010 in Iskandariya, Iraq. Faith was part of the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Through me, Faith Hinkley's legacy lives on, helping and healing another wounded soldier. maCares loves making a difference in the lives of veterans and animals. Please consider donating or getting involved with maCares so they can continue supporting veterans and dogs like Terry and me, and honoring heroes like Faith Hinkley.