The connection began with Gabe
. Nearly two decades ago, Rick Yount
, a licensed social worker, received a Christmas gift
from two friends who had served in Operation Desert Storm. The unexpected gift was Gabe, an eight-week-old Golden Retriever puppy
. One year later, Rick took Gabe along to transport an 11-year-old-boy from his biological mother into foster care
. During this traumatic transition, Rick noticed that Gabe instinctively knew how to comfort the devastated child
. A seed was planted. Rick trained Gabe as a Certified Therapy Dog
, and Gabe continued to work his magic.