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The Kuhl Family: Heroes Next Door

2:42 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rob Kuhl, who's been an active duty Coast Guard member for the last 24 years, knows first hand what the men and women of the military go through.

Kuhl also knows the price many military veterans had to pay to protect America's freedoms.

So, after moving to Jacksonville about two-and-a-half years ago, he and his family decided they wanted to give back to disabled veterans.

Rob had heard about training service dogs, so he called Patriot Service Dogs and inquired.

Shortly after, he and his family thought it was a great idea to become puppy raisers and train working dogs in their home.

They first trained a golden retriever named Chief, who's now a service dog for Vietnam Vet Dan Donovan, who's a double amputee.

The Kuhl family is currently training golden retrievers Bonnie and King to become service dogs.

Hester Kuhl, Rob's wife, said they got the dogs when they were only eight weeks old and they take Bonnie and King everywhere they go, so that the dogs can get familiar with all types of environments.

The Kuhl children also help with training Bonnie and King and they admit that sometimes, training the pups can get a little frustrating, so from time to time, you have to take breaks because King and Bonnie are still puppies.

However, the sacrifice is worth the service because it has taught them the importance of giving back to their community.

If you're interested in becoming a puppy raiser, it's a two-year commitment.

All you need is love, time and a home for the puppies.

For more information on how to be a puppy raiser, visit

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