Meet Spanky, a 4-year-old pit bull-terrier mix.

rescue pit bull mix with owner

His New Dad

Nathan Fischer, who a dopted him from Lone Woof Rescue in Jean, NV  (

Better Together

After years of struggling  with post-traumatic stress  disorder, Iraq War veteran  Fischer reached out to  Pets for Vets, which  matches former soldiers  with companion dogs.  His perfect match, Spanky,  worked with a trainer  for several weeks before  going home with him.

Up and At 'Em

"He peeks around blind  corners for me," Fischer  says. "When I sit down,  he lies on my feet so that  even if he falls asleep,  he'll wake up the moment  I start moving."

Work and Play

When Spanky is off duty,  he loves "running around  like crazy" with Fischer's  6-year-old daughter,  Rilee. "If he knows I have  treats, he trots out all  his tricks—sitting, rolling  over—like, 'I know  what's up.' "