Hey everybody, new kid on the block! I was born on November 15, 2018. I may be a young lad, but I know that my name is Ned. I must be pretty important since my inmate handlers pick up after me, open doors for me, and carry me when it rains. I am the happiest curled up in someone's lap, but I really like the game tug too! My humans at the prison teach me things like how to answer their questions with a "Yes" or "No". I also am learning what "ewww" means and how to do a "like me"! I will get to be a Service Dog one day just like my big brother Eddie, and boy, you should see how cool his life is. Keep up with my journey by checking here for updates!
Puppy Ned's namesake, a WWII Veteran, has something in common with those who are helping to raise puppy Ned- he has spent time imprisoned and loves dogs. Ned is named after Edmund Kauffman, a Princeton graduate who enlisted during WWII in the Army Airforce to serve our country in the Army Air Forces. He was a navigator in B-17 bombers, where he learned that "flying a b-17 fortress was a cooperative effort among 10 men." On his 28th mission, his crew got shot down over Germany, of that day Ned says “I’ve always said I’m probably one of the luckiest men alive. I did everything wrong that day, but I survived.” He became a prisoner of war, where they put him in solitary confinement for 3 weeks where he was interrogated regularly, and then with other POWs in a camp. He was released in January of 1945 toward the end of the war. Upon his return home, he started a family, and a new business. He and his wife also bred and showed Afghan Hounds. In their retirement they became dog show judges and traveled the world as judges.
From Ned's Handlers
"The first time Ned licked my face I was smitten. A few days later he curled up in my lap and fell asleep. It was then I knew I truly loved him. I try not to imagine handing him off to a service member, but I know he will be going off to a better life. I hope he remembers me and knows he left me a better person than he found me." - Justin
"Ned has already made a tremendous impact on my life. I knew I couldn't love a dog more than Jett, but I loved Ned equally the first day I spent with him. I'm humbled each time I put Ned's needs before my own. I hope to make him a spectacular service dog. In return, he will make me more patient, caring and loving." - Sergio
See Ned's Progress Below
Hello everyone, it’s Ned here! I’ve been pretty busy this past month. I got to go hang out at the beach with a lot of other dogs and explore the grocery store with Sgt. Gregory! I also got to practice going to the Medical, the canteen, going up stairs, and a bunch of other things with my pals Justin and Sergio. This month I also learned a couple of new skills. I’m working on retrieving objects, to reason by exclusion, putting my paws “up” on the wall and taking off a vest. Now, I don’t want to brag, but everyone seems to be saying that I’m picking things up pretty quickly. I might take my time, but I do it right. I can’t wait until next month though, I heard that I’ll get to start working on recall words and pulling socks off! You guys should make sure to tune in next month so I can tell you how that goes.
April 2019 Update
Hi everyone, it’s Ned! I did so much this month! I went to the beach with Sgt. Gregory and got to run around a bunch with my friend Bella. Walking on sand feels weird, but playing with all the other dogs was super fun! As for work, I’ve been improving on recall and other things like “Up” and “Yes and No”. I also have been practicing my locker opening! It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely getting better. My handlers say that I’m a pretty fast learner, so I’m sure I’ll have it down soon. I’m excited to see what I’ll get to do next month! Don’t tell anyone, but I heard whispers about working on stuff called “socks” and “light switches”. Check back in with me next month to hear about how that goes! Bye for now!
It's me, Ned! I'm just a baby at 13 1/2 weeks, but I'm already working on my skills. I'm learning how to play red light/green light and "UP". My teachers have been working with me to be patient at meal time, and I'm working on it, but sometimes it's hard. Growing boys need their food! I also got to go home with Sgt. Gregory for the weekend, my new puppy raiser. She gave me lots of cuddles and took my picture. You know I'm cute, right? It was a fun time and I can't wait to go back. See you next month!
February 2019 Update
Hey everyone! I'm Ned. I'm pretty new here, so I have spent a bunch of time just exploring! I've sniffed all over the yard, the chow hall, the gym, the captain's office- pretty much everywhere. Everybody says that I'm fearless! Even though I haven't been here very long, I have learned so many new things. I work with my handlers to respond to words like "ewww", open lockers and walk nicely on a leash. I also did my first "like-me" by placing my paws on the handball wall! I love getting to meet all the other dogs and spend time with my handlers! I'm so excited to see what happens next month; a little birdie told me that I'll get to practice learning the names of objects and something called potty training? Check back in with me next month to see how all that goes! Bye for now!
January 2019 Update