The inception of Argus was the collaboration of Mike and Brandon to train a service dog for a young veteran named Tyler who lost both legs to an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Having been given prosthetic legs at Walter Reed, Tyler was still having trouble functioning in everyday life. Together Mike and Brandon got together to train, “Apollo”, a service dog, to help stabilize Tyler’s balance walking up stars, and picking up and carrying dropped objects for Tyler. After the initial training in Los Angeles, Brandon, Tyler, and Apollo returned to Walter Reed to complete the final phase of transitional training. While at Walter Reed Brandon was swamped with requests from other disabled veterans who wanted to know how they too could have a service dog like Apollo.
We realized there was need. We realized there was a shortage of highly trained service dogs. Argus was born.