Prince William, VA- Semper K9 Assistance Dogs, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Northern Virginia, announces their newest assistance dog candidate Semper K9’s Buster. Buster is a 10 week old silver lab donated by veteran advocate Carly Pritchard.
Buster in named in honor of Vietnam veteran SP5 Marcellus Frank “Buster” Stuck II. Frank served in the United States Army during Vietnam (62-65). He was crew chief on H21 Helicopters with the 121st Aviation Company, the “Soc Trang Tigers.”
After his service in the Army, he married, and ran the Emporia Airport in southern Virginia. He then moved to Dale City in 1969 to begin a 33 year career at Washington National Airport as a lead mechanic for Piedmont, then US Airlines. A member of VFW Post 1503 (one of the largest in the world) and 45 year Dale City, VA resident, he now off on his next adventure; living (and fishing) in Homosassa, Florida.
“He is a calm, well mannered pup. He will make a disabled veteran a wonderful service dog.” stated Stuck. He was very surprised when Semper K9 met him at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City to announce that Buster was being named in his honor.
“This is an awesome Father’s Day gift for my dad.” said his daughter, Rebecca Barnes. “We will be able to follow Buster’s training progress and attend graduation ceremony when he is placed with his handler. It’s very rewarding.”
Semper K9 Assistance Dogs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides assistance dogs for wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Christopher Baity, Semper K9’s Executive Director is an OEF/OIF combat veteran Marine Corps dog trainer and kennel master with three combat deployments, one civilian deployment and two additional overseas deployments. With 14 years of experience he continues to use progressive styles in an ever evolving field. Currently a Certified Dog Trainer (CDT), evaluator and service dog instructor, Baity is proficient in animal behavior, obedience and training, and kennel management. You can find out more information about Semper K9 at www.SemperK9.org.