Photo of “Timber” (far right) & running Golden Retriever by Louis Matteau, U.S. Army Retired

Owner of Stacked Stone Photography – Missoula

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Horse by Willowbend Farm ~ See "Herd 2 Human” below

Equine Therapy, Pet Care Resources & Service Dogs

What does a service dog look like? (Information provided by Dog Tag Buddies)

A service dog:

  • Is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.

  • Must be well-trained, well-behaved in public, and under control at all times.

  • Must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the animal’s work.

  • Cannot display any aggressive or guarding behavior.

  • Must cease sniffing behaviors unless released to do so.

  • Must ignore solicitations for food or affection.

What a Business Can and Cannot Ask

When it is obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions:

  •  Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?

  •  What work or task is the dog trained to perform?

Staff CANNOT ask:

  • about the person’s disability

  • require medical documentation

  • require a special identification card

  • ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task

Under the ADA, businesses and organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. A PERSON WITH A DISBAILITY CANNOT BE ASKED TO REMOVE THE SERIVCE DOG FROM THE PREMISES UNLESS:

  • 1. The dog is out of control and the dog’s owner does not take effective action to control it.

  • 2. The dog is not housebroken.

Animal Human Connection ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)

Our mission is to offer products and programs  that enhance the bond between pets and their people. We also blog about life lessons learned from our pets. Check it out, always something new going on.

Artichoke Press:

Judy is a certified Pet Grief Coach who takes pride in her work with Animal Human Connection. She has written extensively on the topic of grieving and offers guidance, counseling, and communal sharing for many grief clients.

Death of My Pet:

As good pet partners, we go through intense grief and sorrow when it is time to release a beloved pet.  Many clients have told us that they grieved more at the death of their pet than for human family members.  The sorrow is real and the grieving journey is difficult.  Often, the grief process can be even more strenuous because friends and coworkers may consider your loss “just a dog.” Others may simply not understand your sorrow, but it is real and important to you. We understand your pain and want to offer you a “safe soft spot to land” as fellow animal lovers. You don’t need to face pet loss alone. Judy Helm Wright is an intuitive wise woman and a certified Pet Grief Coach that can help you through your grieving process.

Knotty Paws (Dog Products by Veterans for Veterans):

Our goal is to provide a sustainable, safe, USA/ Veteran made product to pets and their families. Knotty Paws creates toys, collars and leashes with your pet in mind.

*** Seeking Veterans who would like to assist w/making dog toys. No long standing commitment.

Contact: Judy Helm Wright (Spouse of Veteran), Author / Blogger / Intuitive Wise Woman, (406) 549-9813,

Braach Shepherds 4 Veterans

Offering Obedience, PTSD and Service Dog Training

Congratulations to Braach Shepherds! 1/27/20 Steve Reiter, AARP Montana, "Montana Non-Profit Supporting Veterans with PTSD Wins National AARP Create the Good Contest":

Donations (Veterinary costs, food, and training) ~ Your contribution is tax deductible: 1205 Marshall Creek Rd., Philipsburg, MT 59858
Questions: Mike and Pamela Braach (406) 560-9979,

Canine Companions for Independence ~ Veterans Initiative

With the increase in military veterans returning with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in 2018 Canine Companions launched a pilot program to directly place service dogs with veterans with PTSD.

Montana Contact: Chelsey Darrow, Veteran Programs Specialist, Canine Companions for Independence, (406) 599-3582,

Dogs on Deployment ~ Montana Contact

We believe in providing vital assistance to military pet owners while they serve our country with honor, courage and commitment.

"For the common love of dog and country; Support your troops by boarding their pets!"

Contact: Jennifer Anderson Richmond, Marshfield Coordinator, Dogs on Deployment, (715) 305-9217,

Dog Tag Buddies ~ Shepherd, MT
Dog Tag Buddies partners veterans suffering from hidden injuries (PTSD, TBI, MST) with rescue dogs. Our program gives both the veteran and the dog a chance to lead a more fulfilling life. Services are at NO cost to the veteran.

DeeDe Baker, Founder of Dog Tag Buddies was named one of 20 “Exceptional Women” (2017) for Connecting Dog Rescue and Veterans Mental Health. Story (Billings):

P.O. Box 250, Shepherd, MT 59079

Contact: (406) 690-9853,

DogWatch of Montana ~ Serving Montana and Northwest Wyoming

50 Arrow Trail, Bozeman

Providing safe, secure, electronic hidden dog fences, pet containment systems, and pet friendly training products.

Contact: Ed Johnson (406) 548-1599,

Down Range Boarding Services ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB) in Missoula

Veteran Owned & Operated by Steve & Terry Hale, Down Range Boarding Services will always have a kennel open for any active deployed service member to board their fury friend free of charge. This peace of mind knowing their fury loved one is well being taken care of in a safe and clean environment with love allows them to do their job serving their country.

11250 Fred Lane, Missoula

Contact: (406) 493-2264,

​Elaina's Creature Care ~ Missoula

​*** “Willing to help out Veterans and seniors in need of pet care at a minimal expense” ***

Mobile animal care services for Missoula County and surrounding areas. 25 years’ of experience with animal care (cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, fish, special needs pets: diabetes, dietary sensitivity, kidney failure, cancer, incontinence, etc. References / Licensed / Insured / Bonded. Health and Beauty Packages Available. Behavior modification, grooming (nails, ears), walking, health maintenance, consultation, and pre and post-operative care including transportation to and from veterinarian. 

6321 Buena Vista Loop W., Missoula

Contact: Elaina M. Berglin, Owner (406)-728-4179 (Text, email, or call)

Federal Service Dog Registration

To enhance the quality of the lives of people with disabilities by supporting and advocating their rights to have service dogs and emotional support animals.

Questions: (619) 777-8588,

Four Paws Mobile Pet Grooming ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)

Nail trims, ear cleaning, face, feet & fanny! Call or text for available appts - Please leave pet information / needs and weight of pet(s), owner info, and how to confirm appointment time.

Contact: Kay, Four Paws Mobile Pet Grooming, (406) 550-1006,

Greg Eliel Horsemanship

Greg Elielis a master horse trainer with over 40 years of experience teaching people horsemanship in Wisdom, MT


HERD 2 HUMAN ~ Willowbend Farm, Inc. (FREE for Veterans)

13400 Turah Rd., Clinton 

For Veterans who would like to spend time with horses learning the H2H program, H2H is an Aid in Equine Assisted Therapy. Helping people who are experiencing PTS and other emotional challenges through the magic of communicating with horses.

*** 6-week Herd 2 Human classes (last one started 7/21/20). The classes are once a week for six weeks, about two hours per class. Please contact Jeff for program agenda & enrolment app - mail to Willowbend Farm, Inc., 13400 Turah Rd., Clinton, MT 59825.

Herd 2 Human - YouTube:

In Missoula @ Willow Bend Farm,

In Kalispell @ Valor Equine,

In Billings @ M2B Ranch,

INTERESTED in becoming a Herd 2 Human instructor?

The training program is VA certified and Veterans CAN use their GI Bill to cover expenses

Contact: Jeff & Darlene Patterson, Jeff’s Cell: (406) 240-8598, Darlene’s Cell: (406) 241-1382, Email:

Heroes and Horses ~ Manhatten, MT

Montana-based nonprofit organization that has created an innovative, three-phase reintegration program, which is offered to qualifying combat veterans (at no cost to them) suffering from PTSD. Our program utilizes the remote wilderness of Montana, coupled with human and horse connections, to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.

125 S. Broadway, Unit 3, Manhattan, MT

Contact: (406) 284-2870,

K9 Care of Montana (Livingston) ~ Montana K9 Safety (Bigfork)

At K9 Care Montana: We are devoted to providing the highest quality Service Dogs at no cost to our nations wounded veterans and children challenged by autism.

Montana K9 Safety: Providing training for Pet First Aid; CPR; Vitals Assessment; Muzzling; Restraints & Carries; K9 First Aid Kits; Choking; Bleeding Control; Bandaging; Shock / Seizures; Poisoning; Injured Pet Transport; Disaster Response; Environmental; Emergencies and more.

David Riggs, Founder & CEO of K9 Care of Montana, P.O. Box 490, Livingston, MT 59047

Garry Forman, Director of K9C, P.O. Box 1454, Bigfork, MT 59911

Contact: (406) 885-0437,

Leashes of Valor

Once a Warrior and dog have been matched, their first step together on this journey is a 16-day in-house training program on our farm in Virginia. During this time, they will receive 120 hours of hands-on training with professional canine and warrior trainers. They will also participate in practical and theoretical seminars and receive basic service dog equipment, veterinary care, meals and housing at no cost. All of this is made possible because of the generous support of our donors.

Questions: Danique, (804) 633-1010,

Valor Equine Therapy Service, Inc. (VETS) ~ Columbia Falls, MT

To provide a resource for the ever-growing demand for professional assistance in mitigating the damaging effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffered by military veterans, law enforcers, firefighters and EMT responders.  Equine Therapeutic Programs (ETPs) are supervised by professional equestrian instructors who teach wounded veterans and first responders how to interact, react, and care for a horse.

VETS, Inc. on YouTube:

83 Clydesdale Lane, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Questions: Lynn, (406) 212-5486,

Veterans & Horses ~ Daniel’s Ranch in the Big Hole Valley, Wisdom

Introducing Veterans to how a horse thinks and how you can master the art of working with horses. Veterans work on the ground with several horses to build build trust and confidence. Daniel’s Ranch is located about 10 miles north of Wisdom, MT on Highway 43. Housing and meals are provided on the ranch. Greg Eliel is the horse trainer and event leader. Greg has 40 years of experience teaching people horsemanship, and 10 years of working with Veterans and horses. Call to find out when the next weekend is planned for in the Big Hole Valley. Sponsored by the Big Hole Valley Association, a non-profit located in Wisdom and Jackson MT.

Contact: Dennis Havig, (406) 660-3800,

Wind River Canine Partners, LLC ~ Pet Training, Boarding, Daycare, and Service Dogs

We are a one-of-a-kind Dog Training, Boarding, and Daycare facility nestled on 150 acres in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley near Florence, MT. We offer training programs for pet dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, and behavioral rehabilitation as well as offering one of the only Off-Leash reliability programs in the state!

5353 E. Carlton Creek Rd., Florence, MT 59833

2/25/20 Montana Vocational Rehabilitation, “Ally has done trainings for Disability Rights and for Voc Rehab. Really knowledgeable and lots of great experience.”

Contact: (406) 273-4899,



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