Rescue dogs

Woman connects rescue dogs with those who have suffered trauma in the line of duty

By Susan Elizabeth Littlefield

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Inver Grove Heights’ Dana Abrahamson has been through a lot over the past decade.

“Going into your husband’s house when he wants to end his life, what do you do,” she said.

Her husband, a police officer and veteran, had a new battle to fight: PTSD. After realizing the high cost of service dogs, Abrahamson started her own service: Soldier 6, which places rescue dogs with officers, firefighters and veterans who suffered trauma like her husband.

“By helping others, we hope it will help him too,” she said, speaking of her husband’s rescue dog, Dez.

Maggie Hunt is someone Abrahamson recently helped. The Faribault policewoman was injured in a car accident and then her husband, also an officer, died suddenly.

After such a great loss, they got Bailey back, their precious family dog ​​that Hunt and his two young daughters adore.

“After losing my husband, I felt like I lost a security and so she helped in that way,” Hunt said. “And I also see how much she has helped my daughters, she comforts my children.”

Abrahamson has now placed 60 dogs and the latest story began in West St. Paul, where police say someone threw a puppy from a car near a pet store.

Hunt heard about it and immediately thought of his friend Dan, a veteran and former captain of the Minneapolis bomb squad.

“After seeing Dan with my dog, I knew it would be so good for him,” she said.

And it was.

When they first met, the pup seemed to be hugging Dan.

“She hugs him and she knew right away it was my person,” Abrahamson said.

She says it was a perfect match and perfect timing.

“She was a rescue and she needed saving, and Dan needed saving,” Abrahamson said. “We saved a dog and we helped a police officer, both on broken paths and hopefully together they can heal.”

Dan decided to name his new dog Maggie after his friend who hooked him up with Soldier 6.

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