How a Dog Saved a War Hero’s Life and Inspired Him to Help Other Military and Police Dogs


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Meet Jimmy Hatch, a former US Navy SEAL whose dog Spike saved his life during a mission in Iraq.

When asked what led him to the military at 17, he replied, “I just wanted to, you know, punish the people who brought him in. It was my goal. »

In the video above, Hatch describes the mission in western Iraq when he lost Spike. Hatch said that while he was not physically harmed, Spike’s death “definitely affected him”.

“I have this metaphor. I give speeches and we all have backpacks. You have one. I have one. And the things that you don’t take care of, they go in that backpack, and eventually, when something happens, like you get hurt and you end up in the hospital staring at the ceiling for a while. All that stuff in your backpack comes out.

Hatch founded Spike’s K9 Fund to improve the training, care, and preservation of working dogs.

If you want to help Hatch and his nonprofit, he says one of the best things you can do is help dogs.

“I can’t bring back those lost in battle, and I can’t bring back those who are lost defending cities like New Haven. But I can do whatever I can to help those who work there and not just the police but the military and then the search and rescue dogs.

Gianni, an almost two-year-old service dog, joined Hatch on News 8.

Learn more about Spike’s K9 fund here.


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