Service Dog Helping Wounded Warrior Heal

You've likely heard that dogs are man's best friend, and one dog in Jacksonville is proving that saying true.

Able is a three-year-old Harrier Hound from the program Canines for Service. He's specially trained to work with Marine Veteran James Rytych.

Rytych suffered a traumatic brain injury and severe back injury after three deployments to the middle east.

After training with the dog, Rytych says his day to day burden of pain is decreased - all thanks to the dog that's able to open doors, pick up cell phones, even load the washing machine.

Rytych says Able is a great asset. "If I go to the store and there's stuff on the bottom shelf that I want, I can point at it with the laser and tell him to take it and put it in the basket for me."

For more information on how a veteran you know can apply for an assistance dog just like Able, visit

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