Veteran Mark Berry traveled to Nashville from his hometown of Caanan, New Hampshire with his German Shepherd Service Dog, NAYA. During a music benefit at The Stage on Broadway presented by Heart Songs for Veterans, Marks' GatorlandK9 Service Dog Naya was awarded "Service Dog of the Year" by Country Star Sarah Buxton.
Country Singer Ashley Winters shared her song written for Mary and Naya "By Her Side".
Country Singer Ashley Winters, Serenading Veteran Mark Berry and his GatorlandK9 International Service Dog NAYA with her original song penned in their honor "By Her Side".
Country Star Sarah Buxton awarding GatorlandK9 International Alumni Naya
"Service Dog of The Year" Award
Heart Songs for Veterans of the Year SGT Eric Hunter, Artist Sam French.Todd Farmer
L to R: Heart Songs for Veterans Andy Roadarmel, Todd Farmer (Drummer) Sam French & Brian Jones (Justine Blazer Band)
The Omni Nashville provided accomodations for Mark, Naya and Service Protection Dogs for World Peace.
To Cap the evening off a surprise donation was made to Service Protection Dogs for World Peace on behalf of Jill Pavel, Founder of Heart Songs for Veterans in the amount of $2000.00. Pavel presented the check to D. Hoppe.
Author: Jill Pavel