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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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