Simon the Service Dog Celebrates New Place to Train to Help Veterans

URBANDALE, Iowa -- Simon isn't even quite two years old yet. But the Golden Labrador has formed a lasting bond with Denny Dorman, and they have only been together for three weeks.

"I don't what I'd be doing without Simon," Dorman, 84, said. "I lost my wife 13 years ago and live alone."

Simon makes sure Dorman is never alone at their home in Adel. Dorman served two duties in the Army in the Korean War. But the emotional and physical stress he faced mean he never really left the battlefield.

Simon helps with life's daily challenges.

"I'm an old man," Dorman said. "Sometimes I get down on my hands and knees and can't get up. Simon will help me get up."

Simon can also flip on a light switch and can even open the refrigerator.

"He's been a constant companion to me," a thankful Simon added.

Dorman brought Simon to Urbandale Tuesday afternoon for the official ribbon-cutting of the Puppy Jake Foundation training center. Jake is the service dog who inspired the foundation in his name three years ago.

Donations helped pay for the facility to get other dogs ready to help veterans.

Nearly 50 dogs have followed Jake through the training so far.

The foundation holds the "Puppy Jake Kool Kar Show" Sunday, Aug. 7.

It takes place at the Fareway Store parking lot at 329 Grand Avenue in West Moines from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.