Carolina Canines is helping wounded warriors

Reported by Jon Evans - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Canines are becoming more than just a trusty best friend for wounded warriors returning from combat. The animals are now helping the warriors in a time of need.

Joey Bozik of Wilmington lost three limbs during combat in Iraq.  Now he's teaming up with Joshua, a 22-month-old lab mix, who was rescued in December and trained to be a service dog through Carolina Canines.

Joshua can help Bozik with everyday tasks from opening the fridge to helping him put on his prosthetic limbs.

"It's just like having another set of arms for me," said Bozik.  "For the amount of training, and the way he's been trained - it's fantastic to see how well he knows all the commands.  We've bonded really quickly, and fortunately for me, I've already seen all of the advantages he's going to be able to have for us."

This is the third dog in three months the Carolina Canines have matched through their Veterans program.