RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Rush will be introducing their team dog to its new veteran handler this Saturday, January 9, during the first intermission of the “Local Heroes Night” game against the Allen Americans.
“Rush,” a red Labrador puppy, was adopted from Turkey Creek Labradors last season with the goal of being developed into a service dog for a South Dakota veteran. The Rush partnered with the South Dakota Canine Center for training, and with Mission 22 to help identify a veteran in need. Rush’s vet care was provided by Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital, while Healthy Paws took care of his food and toys.
“Our goal from day one was to help a person in need, and what a better way to do that than to identify a local candidate from South Dakota, who also happened to serve in the United States Military,” said Todd Mackin, President of Spire Hockey and the Rush. “We’re thankful as well that this outstanding individual plans to remain involved with the Rush organization, so we still get to see our little buddy at games and around the community. I’m beyond proud of our staff for coming together to take care of ‘Rush’ and make him a part of our family, and I can’t wait to see ‘Rush’ make a major impact in our candidate’s life.”
Because Rush is an active service animal wearing a designated service vest, if you see him at the game on Saturday night, please refrain from approaching Rush to pet him.
Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased online here.