Pittsburgh International Airport

PUPDATE: SERVICE DOG HUEY DOING WELL FOLLOWING ASSISTANCE AT PIT

PUPDATE: SERVICE DOG HUEY DOING WELL FOLLOWING ASSISTANCE AT PIT

At Pittsburgh International Airport, customer service remains a top priority—no matter the customer—and in early October, employees were honored to assist a two-year-old German Shepherd named Huey.

A demonstration dog for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., Huey injured his leg when travelling through the airport and was unable to walk. Luckily, Huey’s owner Mary Jo Brandt, found assistance from a few airport firefighters.

The crew, along with Security Operations Manager Dave Tartler, devised a plan to get Huey and his human to the airside terminal and on their flight to Atlanta. The team wheeled the pair on a flat cart through security and to their gate, where Huey was placed on a stretcher and helped to his seat on the plane.

“The help we received at your airport was invaluable to us for so many reasons,” said Brandt, the COO of Guardian Angels. Brandt added that medical service dogs like Huey must be treated with a high level of care, as they require at least two years of training and can cost over $22,000.

Huey and Brandt travel frequently, and Huey plays a key role in helping the non-profit organization educate others about service dogs. An ambassador for Guardian Angels, he is fully trained in mobility, and is able to alert to anxiety and seizures.

After returning home to Williston, Florida, Huey took it easy for a day, and then began feeling and walking much better.

“Fortunately, for Huey and all of his friends, he made a quick recovery,” said Brandt. “Interestingly, however, he still eyes all nearby wheelchairs as if someone is going to give him a ride through the airport again!”

According to Brandt, Guardian Angels is looking to open a campus in Pittsburgh, as the organization has over 20 paired medical service dog teams in the area. Brandt said she shared her experience at Pittsburgh International because she wants everyone to know that it’s always okay to ask for help.