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Army specialist Sam Smith has built a long lasting bond with Rachel, a Golden Retriever. Rachel is a service dog and uses her love and compassion to heal Smith’s internal and external scars.


Thanks to the Warrior Canine Connection, Smith and Rachel moved in together in May. Since then, training has only enhanced their friendship.

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“Working with her has helped me slow down a lot,” said Smith.

He admits that he had to force himself to be patient and allow Rachel time to learn and trust his leadership.

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The two go everywhere together, and their story has only just begun.

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Lauren Grose About the author:
Lauren is an Associate Content Editor at RARE. During her years at Bloomsburg University, she delved into modern media by creating a fashion column titled “Dear Bloom,” which ultimately became a YouTube series. Shortly after graduating, Lauren packed her bags and flew to Tokyo to explore the city’s culture and, ...Read more
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